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Casey County Couple Arrested for Infant Assault

Date of News Release: 10/23/2005

(Columbia, KY) - A Casey County couple was arrested on 10/21/05 after their six-week-old infant girl was brought to the Casey County Hospital Emergency Room, by its' grandparents.

Troopers Jeremy Johnson and Tyson Lawson responded to the hospital along with Casey County Social Services, after a medical examination revealed the child was suffering from a head injury, sustained approximately twelve hours earlier.

Following an initial investigation, the Troopers charged the child's father, nineteen-year-old, David L. Owens with Criminal Abuse 1st Degree.

The child's mother, twenty-four year-old Jennifer H. Thomas, who was present when the child was injured, was charged with Complicity to Criminal Abuse 1st Degree.

The child was transported from the Casey County Hospital to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

The Casey County District Court has awarded temporary custody of the child to family members.

Both Owens and Thompson were lodged in the Casey County Jail.

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