Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Ckvl. Man Charged With Aggravated Child Abuse
A $35,000 bond has been set in the case of a Cookeville man, indicted on a charge of aggravated child abuse. Authorities say 27-year-old Joseph Erwin Dowell will be arraigned in criminal court next month. Dowell is accused of seriously injuring his then three-month old daughter in May of last year. He told police that she was having breathing problems when he woke her up that day, but doctors who later examined the child said her injuries were consistent with a condition known as "shaken baby syndrome." The child was ultimately treated at Vanderbilt Hospital and is now in the custody of its mother. Authorities say Dowell was located in Kentucky earlier this month where he was taken into custody and brought back to Cookeville for booking.