- A Charlotte father of triplets is being held in jail after police say he abused two of his three-month old baby girls.
The investigation began Friday, when police say the mother found one of the girls unresponsive.
In a search warrant, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said that the injuries to both girls were consistent with "felonious assault" and "non-accidental trauma."
Terrell Lawrence Nelson, 27, was charged early Wednesday with 2 counts of felony child abuse, inflicting serious injury.
A quote from a facebook page under Nelson's name says, "My goal is to be the best father I can possibly be." The page has dozens of photos of the triplets.
The two girls are in a Charlotte hospital. The boy was unharmed.
The incident began on Sept. 16 when the mother, LaShonda Young, reported one of her three infants, Cy'mone Nelson, was unresponsive, the search warrant said.
The girl was taken from her home northwest Charlotte home to Presbyterian Hospital where Cy'mone was diagnosed with "head trauma, facial bruising, petechia in the left eye and subdural hemorrhage," the warrant said.
After this incident, Child Protective Services interviewed the father, Terrell Lawrence Nelson, and checked the other two children, the warrant said.
Another triplet, Caileigh Nelson, also was found to have the same injuries as Cy'mone, the warrant said. The other triplet, a boy, was not injured.
During a police interview the father said that the two girls were sleeping in his bedroom after he returned home from work until Barbara Young, the maternal great-grandmother, "took control" of the infants, the warrant said.
Nelson also told police that the triplets were in his care after Young left the home, the warrant said.
On Sept. 17, Young told police that she saw Terrell Nelson "place tape on the infants' pacifiers in more than one occasion
," the warrant said.
During a search of the home, police also took pacifiers and roll of tape on the loveseat.
Parents and caregivers are strictly warned not to tape pacifiers over mouths of babies since it can cause breathing problems if the child's nasal passage is blocked or impaired.
Nelson is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail on $70,000 bond.