20-year-old Tonya Plunkett is charged with felony child abuse after admitting to striking her infant child with a switch. Medics responded to her home when she reported she was experiencing fatigue after her pregnancy, and responding medics observed numerous injuries across the male infant’s body. She told medics she “don’t whoop him hard.” She is free on a $7,500 bond.
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.
20-year-old Layne Wyatt Hein was in front of The Stage on Broadway in the early hours of Sunday morning, being disorderly with other citizens and patrons of the bar. Police say when they approached Hein, he smelled strongly of alcohol, despite being only twenty years old. He was unable to care for himself and was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication.
43-year-old Ricardo Chavez Martinez was jailed this week on an outstanding warrant from July charging him with the felony aggravated assault & strangulation of his 15-year-old son. Ricardo assumed his son was on drugs, which the child denied. Later, when the child was asleep, Ricardo entered his bedroom and pressed the child’s face into a pillow while gripping his neck, causing the child to lose consciousness and leaving him with injuries from his fingernails digging into his neck. The child’s mother and two younger brothers witnessed the entire assault.
56-year-old Jerome Nnanwude is charged with child abuse of his 16-year-old son, after finding him in possession of an unknown cell phone and durag as be picked him up from school. When the two arrived home, Jerome grabbed electric hair clippers and attempted to restrain his son and cut off all of his hair. The child resisted and tried to escape the room. His father, Jerome, then struck him on his hands repeatedly with the electric clipper’s teeth, repeatedly cutting the child’s hands. The child emailed his school that evening, stating he was afraid of his father and he had just been assaulted and disclosed about the cuts and bruises on his body. The following day, police documented the victim’s injuries and learned that the child’s mother, Helen Nnanwude, witnessed the assault, and eventually made her husband stop the assault due to the child’s injuries.