Updated 3 months ago
A Jackson County man convicted of child abuse has been denied an early release from prison.
Dennis Rumberger was sentenced for his role in a 2011 child abuse case in which he and Hazel Jackson kept Jackson's 5-year-old grandson locked up and starving for months.
The 52-year-old was given eight years, but Tuesday went to court looking for shock probation.
The judge decided to keep Rumberger behind bars.
"I cannot disagree with many of the things you have said. Nevertheless, due to the nature of your case, I cannot grant the motion," the judge said.
Rumberger's attorney says the next step is to just wait until he's up for parole.
Hazel Jackson, 49, was sentenced to 15 years for her role in the crime. Her request for shock probation was also denied.
They were both are charged with criminal attempted murder and first-degree criminal abuse. Rumberger was Jackson's boyfriend at the time of the arrest.
The boy's mother, Cossandra Jackson, was given five years for complicity to commit criminal abuse.
The trio entered a surprise guilty plea in February of 2013.
Police say they first received a complaint on June 27, 2011, and found the child at a home on Williams Hollow Road in McKee. After locating the child, he was immediately transported to UK Children's Hospital with severe malnutrition.