Craven County woman charged with murder of six-year-old boy

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A Craven County woman is accused of killing a six-year-old boy who lived at her house.

Tracey Torres faces an open count of murder for the death last month of the six-year-old boy.

Through a death certificate, WITN was able to confirm the victim’s name as John Swartz.

The woman and the child lived at a home on Perrytown Road.

Deputies were called to the home on December 1st around 1:00 a.m. for the boy who was injured. Swartz ended up at ECU Health Medical Center where his body temperature was 86 degrees.

Deputies said the victim never regained consciousness and he was declared dead two days later.

An autopsy said the cause of death was two blunt trauma head injuries, while numerous bruises were noted on his body.

Deputies say the boy’s mother is partnered with Torres’ daughter, and that they all lived at the home.

The 51-year-old woman went before a District Court judge this morning who ordered her held without bond and gave her a court-appointed attorney.

Records show the boy was buried in Indiana.

Torres’ next court appearance is scheduled for January 23rd.

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