City police arrested a man and charged him with two counts of aggravated child abuse on Monday.
According to Captain Steven Leffew of the Smithville Police Department, Cookeville Regional Medical Center contacted Smithville police just after 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 regarding an infant with severe injuries who had been brought into their facility for medical treatment.
The injury was believed to have occurred in the jurisdiction of the City of Smithville. Lt. Matt Holmes and Sgt Brad Tatrow responded, and upon arrival officers spoke with medical staff, who advised that the infant had sustained obvious physical injuries. Officers quickly developed Charles J. Wiggins as a suspect, and an investigation led authorities to arrest Charles J. Wiggins and charge him with the crime.
The infant remains in stable condition awaiting possible surgery. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway and investigators from his office, as well as the Department of Children Services, responded to the scene.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Cases like this are very stressful and bothersome. I want to commend all officers involved in this investigation for their professionalism," added Captain Leffew.
Bond for Wiggins was set at $500,000, and he will appear in court on Oct. 29.
The city police department also reports that five people have been recently arrested for assault.
Police said that Lacy Lee West, 33, was arrested for domestic assault and violation of bond conditions on Oct. 6.
Sergeant Brad Tatrow was dispatched to a home where he reportedly found West sitting on the front porch. Further investigation allegedly revealed that West had thrown a picture frame, striking the victim on the left arm. According to police, West is currently under a valid bond condition to have no contact with the victim.
Bond for West was set at $6,000.
Tracy M Blaylock, 25, was also arrested for domestic assault on Oct. 6.
Officer Will Judkins was dispatched to a residence in reference to a physical domestic. Upon arrival he spoke with Blaylock, who was outside trying to leave. While speaking with both Blaylock and the victim, Judkins reportedly learned that a verbal argument between them became physical.
Bond for Blaylock's was set at $3,500.
Andrew A Dillon, 31, was arrested for aggravated assault and resisting arrest on Oct. 9.
Dillon allegedly assaulted a family member, causing injury about the face and body, by punching and throwing the victim on the pavement. When Corporal Chip Avera and Officer Will Judkins arrived on the scene, Dillon allegedly charged toward the officers with his fist clenched, shouting that he was going to fight them. After refusing to obey verbal commands to calm down and back away, Dillon was tased by Officer Judkins.
Bond for Dillon was set at $7,000.
Amanda Kay Lattimore, 30, was arrested for domestic assault on Oct. 11.
Police said Sergeant Brad Tatrow responded to a call of people fighting in the roadway. Upon arrival he spoke with the parties involved, and learned that the fight began when a family member pushed Lattimore away from another relative. Lattimore was determined to have been the primary aggressor and she was taken into custody.
Bond for Lattimore was set at $2,500.
Michael L. Young, 36, was arrested for domestic assault on Oct. 12.
Officer Will Judkins reportedly responded to DeKalb Hospital in reference to an assault and spoke with the victim, who had bruising from head to toe. An investigation allegedly determined that Young had hit and shoved the victim into random objects in a hotel room where they had stayed for approximately two hours, leaving the victim in pain with bruises.
Bond for Young was set at $3,500.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Donise Riley, 24, was cited for shoplifting on Oct. 8. A Dollar General Store employee allegedly saw Riley concealing items in her purse in an attempt to deprive the store of its merchandise.
Her court date is set for Nov. 5.
Jessica Marie Brazelton, 31, was arrested by Officer Lance Dillard on Oct. 4 for violation of an order of protection.
According to the warrant, Brazelton sent text messages to the victim in violation of an active order of protection, which the victim has against her.
Bond for Brazelton's was set at $2,500.