Monday, July 12, 2010

Court Date Set For Child Abuse Suspect

A preliminary hearing date has now been set in General Sessions court for a Cookeville woman, who is charged with child abuse and neglect for allegedly leaving her seven-month-old baby alone in a rented room at a home on Chestnut Street. Police say 29-year-old Jerrah McKinzie Vincent was arrested after they conducted an investigation which began when two other residents of the home heard a child crying in an adjacent room. They told police that they had tried to contact the child's mother, but had been unable to. Vincent was later taken to jail on a separate charge, while officers signed a criminal complaint for the child neglect. They say the child's father was in jail and that Vincent had reported leaving the child in the care of another woman. Her hearing on the neglect charge has been scheduled for August 11th. The child was turned over to the custody of DCS.