Crime across the state – 4.05.12
Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 8:00 pm
East Tenn. woman charged
after son found in rain
Jonesborough (AP) – Jonesborough Police have charged a woman after her 5-year-old son was found standing alone in the rain after school.
The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/HUv0qy) reported 24-year-old Amber Cole was arraigned Tuesday on charges of child abuse and neglect and reckless endangerment. A police affidavit signed by Public Safety Officer Eric Worley said he responded to a call to find the child outside at his mother’s home on Monday.
Cole was booked into the Washington County Detention Facility, which does not have records on attorneys for inmates.
Body of baby found in trash
in Mount Carmel
Mount Carmel (AP) – Police in the Washington County city of Mount Carmel say a man has found the body of a newborn in the trash. District Attorney Berkeley Bell said Tuesday the body was found Monday afternoon by a man who called police.
The Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/HnFvAU ) quoted Bell, who said the remains were those of a full term infant. Bell said charges are pending in the case.
The newspaper reported the man was asked by his wife to put a box in the trash. The man became curious and opened the box to find the newborn’s body. On Tuesday afternoon, police had not determined whether the wife had given birth. An autopsy was being conducted.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.
Home failed to call police
when resident beaten
Nashville (AP) — Police and state reports on the fatal beating of as assisted living facility resident show the home failed to report the assault to police and cleaned up the crime scene.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/HLMMiF ) cites the documents in the Dec. 24, 2011, incident in which 83-year-old Donald Reeder was beaten with a cane at Elmcroft of Twin Hills in the Madison district of Nashville. Reeder died Jan. 10.
Reeder and his 89-year-old roommate, Orville Hayes, both had Alzheimer’s disease. Hayes was not charged and died Feb. 12.
Reports by the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Tennessee Department of Health stated police learned of the assault when the ambulance driver taking Reeder to a hospital called them.
The newspaper stated owners of Elmcroft did not respond to requests for comment.