Johnson City couple arrested for child abuse and neglect
According to Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen, a Johnson City couple was arrested on a criminal court indictment after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
The investigation began in April, after a six-month-old child was taken to the hospital for a possible broken arm. A medical evaluation revealed that the child had a total of four bone fractures in the arm, leg, and rib areas. All of the fractures were in various stages of healing, meaning they most likely occurred at different times.
Investigators interviewed the parents of the child, Katarina Finney, 24, and Troy Hicks, 30, both of 1142 Huffine Road #37, Johnson City, and they could not provide an explanation for the injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office, Department of Children’s Services, and the District Attorney’s Office consulted with multiple medical experts about this case and learned the injuries were most likely caused by “non-accidental trauma.”
The case was presented to the Washington County grand jury in August and indictments were received on September 3.
On Wednesday morning, Finney and Hicks were taken into custody while appearing in court on an unrelated matter. They are both now being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond each. Both have been charged with one count of aggravated child abuse and one count of aggravated child neglect.
They will appear in Washington County Criminal Court later this year.