33-year-old Ryan Manuel Sosa was taken into custody for aggravated child abuse on February 15th. On February 12th, officers arrived at Sosa’s residence on Dodson Chapel Road, responding to reports of a 5-month-old female infant not breathing. CPR was attempted before the child was transported to Centennial Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with multiple internal injuries. The injuries include diffuse cerebral edema, subarachnoid and subdural hemorrhages on her head in multiple places, a fracture to her distal tibia, and retinal hemorrhages in both eyes. Dr. Turner advised officers that the injuries were consistent with non-accidental trauma and are life-threatening. On February 15th, they interviewed Sosa, who stated he was home alone with the child while her mother was at work. Initially, Sosa told officers he went to pick the child up from her bassinet after noticing her head in the pillow. He then blew in her mouth and carried her into his bedroom. After explaining the injuries to Sosa, he told detectives that she also fell off the bed, which may have caused them. Sosa was taken into custody and charged with aggravated child abuse on February 15th.
22-year-old Jamil Hughes was booked on July 10th after the Grand Jury indicted him on charges of child abuse and neglect of an infant less than three months of age between the dates of March 24th, 2020, and May 19th, 2020, resulting in serious injury to the child. He is free on a $10,000 bond.
22-year-old Ceyonce was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail this week after being indicted by the Grand Jury on charges of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. The indictment alleges that in September 2022, Fleming neglected and caused serious bodily injury to an infant who was one month old. She is jailed in lieu of a $75,000 bond.
30-year-old Amany Megali told detectives during an interview that she bit the arm of her six-year-old son, breaking the skin and leaving a substantial injury, because he was “refusing to listen to her commands.” The Department of Children’s Services and Metro Nashville Police became involved when the child’s father took his son to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital after he complained of arm pain and stated his mother bit him.
26-year-old Jeremy Beard was the sole caretaker of a 6-month-old infant on November 2 that had to be rushed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital when he became unresponsive. Doctors say the child suffered an acute brain hemorrhage, brain compression, extensive retinal hemorrhages, a leg fracture, and multiple bruises to his head and face, all of which are indicative of “inflicted abusive head trauma,” according to medical records. During an interview, Beard told police the chile became “pretty fussy” while in his care. He was booked into jail Wednesday morning and is held in lieu of a half-million-dollar bond.
35-year-old Bobbie Larkin told her 7-year-old son to grab his backpack as they exited the vehicle during a traffic stop after police had observed her conducting a drug deal just moments before. Inside the child’s backpack, detectives located 4.6 grams of cocaine, Oxycodone pills, and ammunition for the handgun that was stored in the glove box. During the traffic stop, Larkin also gave police consent to search her home, which was 2 miles away. Detectives froze the home, and she was brought to her residence to sign the consent form. A search of the home resulted in the seizure of nearly one pound of marijuana, digital scales, Xanax pills, 2 grams of cocaine, and multiple firearms. Larkins is being prosecuted under “Haley’s Law,” which could result in a 15-25 year sentence to serve just on the child abuse charge.
Maleigha Webb-Boyd was jailed overnight on an outstanding warrant from last year, charging her with felony aggravated child abuse. Metro Nashville Police say a home surveillance system shows 35-year-old Maleigha Webb-Boyd telling a young child to come to her and pull his pants down, and when he doesn’t she replies “if I have to chase you down “I’m going to hit you wherever!” She then proceeds to strike the child approximately ten times before he runs away, at which time she follows him and strikes him ten more times before telling him he has “another one coming.”
20-year-old Deke’ria West is jailed in lieu of a $76,000 bond, charged with the aggravated child abuse of the son of her boyfriend, who is currently jailed. In a recorded call to him while he was in jail, she is heard assaulting the child at the direction of the jailed boyfriend, Milton Sales. She admits to hurting the child, and he is even on the phone with her while she’s shopping for “ass-whooping remedies” at Walgreens, as she selects scar treatment, cocoa butter, and witch hazel. Once the child was treated at Vanderbilt, doctors discovered severe swelling of his forehead, large bruises and bumps on his head, two black and swollen eyes, a busted lip, welp marks at different stages of healing, some in a deep U-shape, several circular burns on his body, spine fractures, and compressions fractures T1-T4 and T6-T7 on the spine. Despite her admission on the recording, she claims she only hit him with a switch, and all other injuries were from “another babysitter.”
Police say 30-year-old Dajon Treadaway was upset that his 5-year-old nephew was smashing cookies in a drawer inside his Hermitage Apartment. He became so upset he punched the child in the face twice with his fist, causing him to lose three teeth and his jaw to be fractured. A commissioner set his bond at $100,000.
29-year-old Derrica Johnson was charged with criminal homicide, six counts aggravated child abuse, and four counts vehicular assault when she allowed her drunk friend to drive her vehicle which resulted in a crash that ended one man’s life and injured multiple people, including children.