A Christian County Grand Jury indicted two Hopkinsville residents with first-degree assault and criminal abuse of a four-month old infant.
According to court documents, 23-year old Kayla Newtown and 20-year old David Rang, both of Hopkinsville, are accused of putting the four-month old in a dangerous living situation and causing serious physical injuries between February and June. The warrant states the child was originally brought to Jennie Stuart Medical Center to be treated for a respiratory condition and was treated, but was brought back several hours later when she began to have seizure-like symptoms.
The hospital staff noticed visible injuries to the victim’s lips, ears and various scratches. The infant was taken to Vanderbilt University Center, where a more thorough investigation revealed six fractures to her arms, ribs and legs. The fractures were reportedly seen at multiple stages of healing, which suggests multiple acts that caused the injuries.
The infant also reportedly sustained brain hemorrhaging, eye hemorrhaging and a lacerated liver consistent with non-accidental trauma. The warrant also states the baby was subjected to deplorable living conditions, including a flea infestation.
Newton is charged with first-degree criminal abuse and first-degree assault, along with her then live-in boyfriend Rang, who is charged with assault. Rang allegedly told officers that he may not have “known his own strength” when handling the child.