Non-custodial dad charged in death of 2-year-old daughter (Boyd County, Kentucky)
Dad is identified as
JOHN ELLIOTT, JR. Details of how he got access to the child are very unclear.
Dad Charged in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter
UPDATE 6/18/12 @ 5 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ)
-- A father has been charged in the death of his 2-year-old daughter.
John Elliott, Jr., 30, of Catlettsburg, was
arrested Monday afternoon on manslaughter charges.
Boyd County Sheriff Terry Keelin says the charges are in connection
with the death of Elliott, Jr's 2-year-old daughter, Summer Adkins.
The Sheriff says Adkins lived
with her mother in Carter County, but was at a babysitter's home in Boyd County when she died back in March.
The cause of death was determined to be compression.
Elliott is being held in the Boyd County Detention
Paducah Couple Pleads Guilty to Bizarre Child Abuse Charges Sept
couple pleaded guilty to child abuse charges after they admitted to pinching their sons genitals to discipline him.
Sentencing is set for november for Evelyn Arvin and Tlyer Fultz both 22 years old for second degree child
The couple was originally charged with first degree abuse.
Prosecutors in the case want a four year sentence for Arvin and a two year one for Fultz.
Bruises first appeared on the child when the coupke took him to the hospital in May.
is now in foster care.
Father charged with killing 5-month-old
Posted: Aug 13, 2010 1:53 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2010 1:53 PM CDT
CENTRAL CITY, KY (WFIE) - A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the death
of his five-month-old daughter.
Central City police say Michael Callahan was arrested Thursday night.
A 911 call was placed from the Central Motel earlier that morning regarding an unconscious child. When police arrived, the
child was already dead.
An investigation led police to issue the murder charge against Callahan, who police say
was not at the motel when they arrived. The child's mother was among those interviewed.
The Muhlenberg County
Coroner's Office has listed the preliminary cause of death as trauma to the head.
Callahan had been living
at the motel for "two to three weeks" according to police.
He is in the Muhlenberg County Detention Center.
Victim(s): Cole Frazier (21 months)
Date of Death: May 2009
Father obtained custody with
police assistance through fraudulent EPO. Shot son to death in murder-suicide. Mother suing police, city.
- January 27, 2010
boy is killed; father faces 3 charges
By Jessie Halladay
A 6-week-old boy was found dead in an SUV near Newburg on Wednesday, just hours after family members reported
him missing, and his father was charged in connection with his death.
The baby, whose name
has not been released, was reported missing to Louisville Metro Police about 10 a.m. Family members also told police that
they could not find the boy's father, Robert W. Long, 44, police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.
noon, a missing-person report had been made and investigators began working on an Amber Alert through the Kentucky State Police,
But before the alert could be processed, officers with the 6th Division
and the Crimes Against Children Unit found a sport utility vehicle connected to Long in the 5500 block of Ridgecrest Road.
Inside the SUV, police found the baby's body, Mitchell said. Police did not say how the boy died, but
have ruled it a homicide.
Long, who was at the home where the vehicle was found, was taken
into custody and was charged late Wednesday night with menacing, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse, Mitchell
Long was being held at Metro Corrections, and police are consulting with the commonwealth
attorney's office about pending charges, Mitchell said.
The last time the baby had
been seen was Monday night, Mitchell said, adding that he did not know why family members waited to report him missing.
There have now been eight homicides in metro Louisville this year, including one in Shively.
This is the second infant death in the area, following the Jan. 14 death of 4-month-old
Aiden Caro of Bullitt County, who suffered severe head trauma when he was beaten.
David Harris, 18, who was the boyfriend of Aiden's mother, is charged with murder and assault in Aiden's death.
On Wednesday, Bullitt County officials charged Aiden's mother, 18-year-old Courtney Caro, with first-degree
criminal abuse, alleging that she allowed her son to be abused.
Father Arrested On Child Abuse Charges
Finkel Being Held In Carroll County Detention Center
July 6, 2009
CARROLLTON, Ky. --
A Carrollton man
is facing child abuse charges.
Kentucky State Police said 21-year-old Steven Finkel has been charged with first-degree
Investigators said they were alerted by Kosair Children's Hospital about a 7-week-old child who
was being treated for a skull fracture and brain injuries.
After receiving information and interviewing family members,
police arrested Finkel, who is the child's father.
He's being held in the Carroll County Regional Detention
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Police: Worst child abuse case they have ever seen July 2009
Police call it one of the worst child abuse cases they
Police say a Pike County man severely beat his girlfriend's 20 month old
son so badly that the baby had a broken leg and his entire head was black from the bruising.
Police believe 26 year old Justin Robinson beat the child and police say
they had to Taze him just to arrest him, but he is already out of jail on bond.
Angela Sparkman found him at his house in Shelbiana Tuesday, but he would not talk to her.
are investigating how and why the alleged beating happened.
Police say 26 year old Justin
Robinson was taking care of his live-in girlfriend's 20 month old son while she was at work.
Police say the mother came home and discovered the child in pain and took him to the hospital.
Pikeville Medical Center doctors called state police.
“When he saw the child, he
saw that there was severe bruising on the face and forehead. To quote Detective Cramer, he said it was “The worse case
of bruising he had ever seen for a child this age,” Mike Goble said.
say the boy's entire head is black from the bruising and say he has a severe broken leg.
charged Robinson with abuse.
Troopers say when they went to arrest him, they had to taze
him just to take him to jail. Robinson bonded out of jail and is now on home incarceration.
He did not want to talk to us when we went to his home on Greasy Creek Road.
believe this was not the first time he abused the child and say there is no clear motive for the alleged beating.
“It's an unbelievable thing to think about anyone that would harm a child, of any age, let alone
a 20 month old,” Goble said.
The child is expected to survive. Police say the child
is in protective custody and is safe.
Diturbing Child Abuse
LEX 18 News has learned new information about a Madison County
man charged with abusing his girlfriend's child, even forcing him to eat his own feces as a form of punishment.
say the child's father alerted them to the abuse when he took the four-year-old for the weekend and noticed bruises on
his forehead, back and arms. Craig Shearer, 32, is charged with abusing the boy inside their home on College Hill Road in
Police say the child was left Shearer's care sometimes 12 or 14 hours or longer
at a time, and say they think that's probably when most of the abuse, which they say including forcing the child to eat
his own feces and drink his own urine as punishment for bathroom accidents.
Police say it's
hard to pinpoint exactly when the alleged abuse occurred because of the age of the victim and the types of injuries, but say
the abuse happened on at least two occasions.
Police say they've dealt with Shearer before,
as he has previously been convicted of assault and being in possession of meth.
also say the boy's 18-month-old sister has injuries as well, but so far doctors can't determine if those injuries
Police say the boy recovering and is in his father's custody.
Ft. Campbell Solider For Child Abuse
Posted: June 2, 2009 07:28 AM EDT
Campbell, Ky. - Tuesday morning, a Fort Campbell soldier was behind bars after being accused of physically abusing his
Clarksville Police charged Eric Sutfin with child abuse and neglect and domestic assault. According
to police, Sutfin's wife and 14-year-old son told officers that Sutfin grabbed his 2-year-old by the hair and carried
her into the house from the patio. They said he was upset because she'd spilled juice on the patio.
Sutfin was also
charged with threatening his wife.
Tuesday morning, Sutfin remained behind bars on $3,000 bond.
this is an arrest not conviction at this time.
-- A Louisville attorney has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Lawrenceburg and two of
its police officers.
Ron Hillerich filed the lawsuit Thursday morning
in federal court.
Hillerich represents Candice Dempsey, the mother of
21-month-old Cole l. Frazier. Frazier died May 26 in Bardstown in what police called a murder-suicide. Police believe Cole
was shot by his father, Timothy Frazier.
Hillerich's lawsuit alleged
the child was illegally taken from his mother and placed into the custody of Frazier on May 14.
The custody shift
came hours after Frazier filed an emergency protection order against Dempsey and requested temporary custody of the child.
The lawsuit claimed Lawrenceburg police officer Nathan Doty and
officer ChrEBURG, Ky. -- Cole Frazier was at the center of a heated custody battle before
his death Tuesday.
Cole had been with his father, Timothy Frazier, since May 13 after Frazier
filed an emergency protection order in Nelson County against his girlfriend and the boy's mother, Candice Dempsey.
Dempsey lives in Lawrenceburg.
In the EPO, which was granted, Frazier also asked
for temporary custody of Cole, but according to Dempsey's attorney Ron Hillerich, that request was not granted.
"The judge never ordered that this baby be removed from its mother," he said.
said the EPO was only designed to keep Dempsey and Frazier away from each other.
In the order,
the judge wrote, "If petitioner (Frazier) believes the child is in danger, he should contact the Cabinet for Health and
Family Services or law enforcement."
"He specifically failed to order, and rightfully
so, this child be removed from his mother," Hillerich said.
According to Hillerich, shortly
after the order was signed in Nelson County, Lawrenceburg police served Dempsey with the paperwork, then seized the child.
On Wednesday, Timothy and Cole Frazier were found shot to death in Bardstown. Investigators
are calling it an apparent murder-suicide.
"I've talked to my officer about it, and
he did everything correctly," said Lawrenceburg Police Chief Tommy Burris
The chief said
his officer removed the boy from the mother's home.
"Serving that EPO, he read it
off to me, and he did everything correct, and I support him fully on that," Burris said.
WLKY showed Burris a copy of the EPO, he said it was the first time he'd seen it. Furthermore, he could not provide WLKY
with a copy of the order his department used.
Meanwhile, Hillerich said their investigation
"If we find, as we believe, there was a mistake
made, somebody will have to answer for that mistake," he said.
Published: March 18, 2008 08:10 am
Parent arrested on criminal
abuse chargesKelly Foreman
A Richmond man was arrested Thursday for abusing his 1-year-old
daughter — the fourth child abuse arrest in Madison County in the past several weeks.
Jeremiah Caleb Blair,
23, of Foxhaven Drive, was arrested last week after a two-month-long investigation into allegations of abuse. Blair is charged
with one count of first-degree criminal abuse allegedly for choking his daughter.
“The investigation began
when the 1-year-old child was brought into St. Joseph Berea Hospital with bruises on her neck,” a Richmond Police press
release states. “The bruising was consistent with injuries inflicted by another party. The child also suffered other
injuries to her head area.”
Richmond Police Sgt. Willard Reardon would not go into details of the child’s
injuries out of consideration for the victim. The child spent the night with Blair, her non-custodial father, Reardon said,
and her injuries were discovered after she was returned to her mother. The abuse allegations were not the first time Richmond
Police have been contacted with concern for the child, Reardon said.
“We had an ongoing investigation from
a couple of months ago,” Reardon said. “This was just recent and that just kind of gave us the evidence to open
the case to the point where we could act on it. A lot of times we get those kind of cases where people have alleged stuff
and there’s not much we can do until we get evidence.”
Madison County has seen a string of child abuse
cases recently. In early February, Regina Isaacs and her boyfriend Robert Castle were arrested on allegations that Isaacs
4- and 6-year-old daughters and 10-year-old son were being spanked by the couple with wooden paint stirrers and belts, leaving
red marks and bruising. During a preliminary hearing in Madison District Court, RPD Detective Eric Long testified that the
children also were made to stand in the corner for up to two hours as punishment for “breathing.”
they got out, they were spanked and put back in the corner for an additional hour,” Long testified.
Castle is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and promoting a minor (younger than 16 years of age) in a sexual performance.
Long testified that the charges stem from complaints made by Isaacs’ 4-year-old daughter.
Last week, Tara
Farley was charged with smothering and choking her 8-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter while she was drunk.
son told Madison County Sheriff’s Detective Scotty Anderson that he “was smacked in the face with a shoe,”
Anderson said. “He had redness to his nose and cheek area and some scratches to his face. He said, ‘Mommy choked
me,’ and it looked to me like he had a fingernail mark in-between his collar bones. He had a couple of scratches down
his chest just below the scratch on his neck.
“He said when she got done choking him, she took a pillow and
held him down and was smothering him,” Anderson said.
Another couple, Verona “V.J.” Brinegar
and Ronald “Ronnie” Crabtree are less than a month away from a trial in which a jury will decide if they beat,
burned and smothered Brinegar’s 2-year-old daughter, Callie Robinson. A Madison grand jury recently returned a superseding
indictment charging the couple with criminal abuse in addition to the murder charges.
Reardon said there was not
one thing he could point to that seems to have made these cases more prevalent, but agreed there had been an increase in complaints
received by social services and the department’s child abuse section.
“I think they are coming to light
more often than what they used to be,” he said. “In years past, child abuses cases were one of those things we
didn’t have much of. It is an unreported crime a lot of times because a lot of times it deals with family and people
don’t necessarily want to get involved.”
Blair was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center and
was released on a $1,000 cash bond.
Kelly Foreman can be reached at email@example.com or 624-6694
|This is not just a minor sunburn
|Huge blisters, 2nd and 3rd degree
BEREA, Ky. -- Police
have charged a man with abuse after his 2-year-old son was sunburned.
to police, Bobby Jones, 27, left his son in the sun for 90 minutes without any sunscreen.
you've got a fair-haired kid out there with no shirt on, it's not going to take very long for that child to basically
get roasted," said Berea Police Capt. Ken Clark.
Jones was charged with criminal abuse. Police said he didn’t
take adequate care to protect the boy's welfare.
Doctors said the boy had
second- and third-degree burns.
"Just looking at these pictures makes me
cringe," said Clark.
The child’s mother reported the burns after she
picked him up.
Jones refused to comment.