|Child abuse case reset |
|A Martin couple accused of severely abusing a child in their custody has had a court date reset for next month. 27th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge William Acree announced last Thursday in court that Wesley Griffin and his wife Tiffani Griffin (Callahan) will appear March 20 for a report date. The Griffins were set to appear in court later this month. |
The couple was arrested July 28, 2007 by the Martin Police Department on charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect after Wesley’s biological son Austin Cash appeared in the emergency room of a local hospital with apparent bruising on his forehead, arms and face.
Cash was 19 months old at the time of the reported incident. The toddler faced life-threatening injuries and had to be airlifted to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, according to a press release issued by the MPD.
He had suffered from head injuries, which included skull fractures and spent several weeks of treatment at the Memphis hospital.
Both Wesley and Tiffiani, Cash’s stepmother, were accused of severely beating the toddler. Since the couple’s arrests, Tiffani has posted a $100,000 bond while Wesley has remained in jail since July of last year.
Weakley County Assistant Public Defender Colin Johnson announced last week in court that he will consider requesting a bond reduction for his client Wesley from $100,000 to $50,000 as he has been incarcerated since last summer and his family has been unable to post bond.
“If I reduce this, it will be less than $50,000,” Acree stated. It was determined that Wesley was not considered a flight risk. No bond hearing date has been set.
After a court appearance in December, Acree agreed to reset a report date to February because Tiffani was pregnant and expected to deliver this month.
The report date has been reset once again for March 20 and as Johnson explained, the couple can enter a plea or have the case set for trial that day.
Attorney Mark Agee of Trenton is representing Tiffani.
Wesley is still being housed at the Weakley County Detention Center.
Cash is reportedly in the care of his maternal great-grandparents in Milan.