Police Investigation

Nov 20, 2012 3:36 PM

Police Ask Public For Help Locating Child Abuse Suspect

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in a child assault case.

On Monday, a report was received at the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department describing the physical assault of a four-year-old child. During the report, family members provided photos depicting bruising and redness on the child's head, face and neck. The investigation found that Lemuel Burton, 29, assaulted the child while drinking at a residence off Hickory Nut Ridge Road in western Pulaski County. Burton lists an address of 95 Hickory Nut Ridge Road Nancy, KY.

Since the report was made, investigators and family members have not been able to make contact with the child or his mother, 23-year-old Kendra Johnson. Efforts have also been made to contact Burton for questioning in the investigation. Investigators believe all three are together and likely hiding out with family and/or friends in this area.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Burton charging him with fourth-degree assault. Investigators may also file charges against the child's mother because she has not come forward to report the child's injuries.

If anyone knows where Burton can be located, they are asked to contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department at (606) 678-5145.

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