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Mar 30, 2013 10:43 PM

Court Date Set For Man Accused Of Putting Child In Freezer

A Harlan County man accused of putting a young boy in a deep freezer is set to face a judge on Monday.

Randy Hammons, 24, has been charged with attempted murder and criminal abuse. Court documents claim he hit the 3-year-old son of his live-in girlfriend, Connie Jenkins and then put the boy in a working deep freezer, sitting on the lid for an estimated 20 minutes.

Jenkins, the boy's mother is charged with criminal abuse and is also expected in court Monday. Both Hammons and Jenkins are in the Harlan County Detention Center where they've declined LEX 18's request for comment.

Portia Bearden, the victim's cousin who lives in Michigan and is more commonly referred to as the child's grandmother told LEX 18 that she called child protective services several times in the past because she believed Hammons abused the boy, "biting him in the face, hitting him, picking him up by the face, and hanging him upside down on the door."

"I'd like to see somebody do him, like he did that baby. I honestly do. To me, I don't think life in prison would be good enough for what he did to that baby," Bearden said via telephone.

Bearden said she and other family members will be seeking custody of all six of Connie Jenkins' children.

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