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Two Adults Arrested in Georgetown for Criminal Abuse 1st

Date of News Release: 05/18/2013

(Frankfort, KY) -- On Friday, May 17, 2013 at approx., 9:17 pm, the Kentucky State Police Frankfort Post arrested Matthew Clifton, age 33 and Kimberly Riggs, age 27 both of Georgetown, KY. They have been lodged in the Scott County Detention Center and charged with Criminal Abuse 1st, (Child under Twelve). Clifton has also been charged with Assault 4th Domestic Violence.

KSP was not notified of the initial complaint. On Friday, May 17, 2013, at 6:19 pm, the Scott County 911 center dispatched the Scott County Sheriff Deputies after they received a call of an adult male / female domestic assault occurring in the parking lot of the Shell gas station on Delaplane road, off of I-75. The male / female left together in a passenger car before Scott County Deputies could arrive on scene. Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton has provided radio systems to be installed in State Police vehicles that allow troopers to communicate with the Scott County 911 system. The Troopers located the vehicle and persons involved in the domestic at the 125 southbound mile marker on I-75, in Scott County. Inside the vehicle the Troopers also located a child needing serious medical attention. They utilized the radio system to position themselves along I-75 that placed them in the right place at the right time where they located a child needing help.

The investigation has revealed that the female infant is suffering from severe bruising and contusions on her head and legs, severe diaper rash and injuries on her face. When troopers first located the 14 month old they immediately requested Lexington EMS as fast as possible because it appeared the child was struggling to maintain breathing on her own. The child also appears to be suffering from severe malnutrition. The child was transported to the UK Children Hospital in Lexington KY.

This team work approach and the ability to monitor the Scott County 911 system by radio has possibly saved the life of this 14 month old victim. The investigation is ongoing by KSP Post 12.

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