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Mom And Boyfriend Charged After Baby Found With Bite Marks, Drugs In System

Posted at 2:42 PM, Jun 05, 2018

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — State Police said Tuesday that a Franklin County grand jury has indicted an Anderson County woman and her boyfriend after hospital workers found bite marks and drugs in the system of the woman’s 3-year-old child.

Authorities say 36-year-old Dawn Baker of Lawrenceburg and her boyfriend, 35-year-old James B. Stratton of Frankfort, were indicted for first-degree criminal abuse and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Officials say Baker brought the child to an emergency room May 14. The arrest citation said at the hospital, doctors figured out the child had marijuana and amphetamines in his system. The staff also found a partial outline of a hand print on the child, as well as human bite marks.

Police said the mom blamed the dog for the bites and her boyfriend for the injuries. She could not explain how the drugs ended up in the child’s body.

The child’s father, Ernest King, tells LEX 18 that this is not the first time he has seen bruises on his child.

The child was released to the care of a family member, officials said.

Kentucky State Police said the investigation is ongoing.