|Court date reset in child abuse case |
|A Martin couple accused of severely beating a toddler that was in their custody has had their court date reset for February in Weakley County Circuit Court. |
Wesley Griffin, 20, and his wife Tiffani Callahan, 24, of Stafford Street in Martin appeared before 27th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge William Acree last Thursday on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect.
The felony charges stemmed from an incident July 28 that prompted an emergency room visit to a local hospital. Officers were called to the hospital for a report of a 19-month-old child that had suffered severe head trauma and had bruises on his face and arms.
Austin Cash, Griffin’s biological son and Callahan’s stepson, had to be airlifted to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Hospital in Memphis that same night for life-threatening injuries. He remained in the hospital for more than two months with three skull fractures and brain swelling.
The Martin Police Department launched an investigation into the incident and determined Cash suffered from injuries consistent with severe child abuse, according to a press release issued by the department this summer.
Griffin and Callahan were both charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.
A preliminary hearing revealed Cash had suffered brain damage.
It was also revealed during the hearing that the child was found seizing in his bed July 28 by a dinner party guest at his home on Stafford Street and that prompted the emergency room visit.
He was later released into the custody of his maternal great-grandparents in Milan.
Callahan appeared in court last week pregnant and Acree reset the couple’s court date for Feb. 21, two weeks after the stepmother’s due date.
At that time, the couple can opt to plea to the charges or the case will be set for trial.
Aggravated child abuse and neglect is a Class A felony and carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
Assistant Public Defender Colin Johnson is representing Griffin who is still being held in the Weakley County Detention Center.
Callahan has been released on a $50,000 bond and is being represented by attorney Mark Agee of Trenton.