Nassau detectives took part in a federal fugitive task force Monday that tracked down and arrested a man and woman in North Bellmore in connection with a South Carolina child abuse case, authorities said.
Dekethia Harris, 39, and Jamel Jenkins, 38, both of Simpson Road in Anderson, South Carolina, were arrested at about 1 p.m. at an address on Evelyn Avenue in North Bellmore after detectives with the U.S. Marshals Service’s Regional Fugitive Task Force learned they had traveled to the area, Nassau police said.
The couple fled South Carolina “after a child was abused and hospitalized there,” Nassau police said in a news release, adding that the Nassau detectives were part of the task force.
Police said a warrant for the couple’s arrest included an allegation that the suspects, as parents or guardians, either abused or allowed someone else “to inflict great bodily harm upon a child.”
Harris and Jenkins were traveling with two other children who police said were taken to a hospital for evaluation. No information about the condition of the children was available Monday night.
The suspects were expected to be held overnight at police headquarters and are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead on a fugitive from justice charge, police said, adding that the pair eventually will be extradited to South Carolina.