A Rocky Top man has been charged with aggravated child abuse and child abuse after an infant who was reported to have a brain injury was found unresponsive on Old Lake City Highway in Anderson County in March, authorities said.
Cameron Tommy Beard, 19, was arrested by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department after he was indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury in Clinton, District Attorney General Dave Clark said in a press release Friday. The indictment of Beard charged him with aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child less than eight years old, and two counts of child abuse of a child less than eight, Clark said.
Emergency services were called to respond to the unresponsive infant on March 28. The child was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, and Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputies found Beard at the home, Clark said. The Sheriff’s Department notified the DA, and an investigation followed.
The infant was later transferred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville for the treatment of her brain injury, Clark said.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Detective Corporal James Crowley presented investigative findings to the Grand Jury on Tuesday, October 2, and the Grand Jury indicted Beard on the three counts, Clark said.
Beard is being held in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton, and his bond has been set at $100,000, Clark said. He has an arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. October 29 in Anderson County Circuit Court in Clinton.
“I am pleased with the work of my deputies in the investigation of this case and apprehension of the defendant,” Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker said.
“I am most grateful that the baby is doing better and also am appreciative of the professional efforts of our Sheriff’s Office in this case,” Clark said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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