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Mooresville baby found with brain injuries, 2 people arrested

Adrian Lyons and Calinda Steinseifer were arrested after Lyons's infant child was found to have brain swelling and hemorrhages.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Two people were arrested in Iredell County after investigators learned a baby suffered brain injuries and they failed to seek medical help.

Iredell County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a home on Teeter Road near Mooresville in reference to an infant receiving CPR. The child was transported to a local hospital for further medical assistance.

Investigators spoke with Adrian Lyons, the child's father, and Calinda Steinseifer, who officials have not stated has a relationship with the infant but say lived with Lyons at home. 

Lyons told investigators he found his child unresponsive and called 911. 

Medical staff at the hospital told investigators that the baby had brain swelling, bleeding on the brain, and hemorrhages. They described the injuries as unaccidental brain trauma.

Lyons later told investigators he ran into a door that struck the child's head two weeks ago. After this incident, he says the baby would not eat and would twitch a lot. Steinseifer said she knew about the incident but did not seek medical attention for the child for fear of getting in trouble.

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Arrest warrants were obtained for both individuals.

Lyons is charged with felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. He is being held in Iredell County jail with no bond. Lyons was previously convicted of felony child abuse in Davie County in 2019. He is currently serving probation for that charge.

Credit: Iredell County Sheriff's Office
Adrian Lyons and Calinda Steinseifer

Steinseifer is charged with felony negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. She is being held in Iredell County jail with a $150,000 bond.

Iredell County officials are continuing to investigate this incident.

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Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots. 

WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

WCNC Charlotte is choosing to show the mugshots of the suspects in this case because Adrian Lyons and Calinda Steinseifer are facing charges related to a child's injuries.

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