A mother accused of passing illegal drugs to her premature baby was charged with aggravated child abuse last month, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s detective said.
In another case, a babysitter was charged with reckless endangerment and child abuse after a boy in her care bit a 1-year-old toddler more than 20 times, said arresting Detective Steve Craig.
Emily Gail Crum
Mother Emily Gail Crum, 21, of Mona Road, was charged after her 2-pound, 13-ounce baby was found to have illegal drugs in her body after she was born seven weeks prematurely in July, said Craig. Crum allegedly failed to seek prenatal care during a six-week period while pregnant.
“The baby spent nearly a month in the Neonatal Unit at Middle Tennessee Medical Center,” Craig said, adding the infant is now in foster care with the Department of Children’s Services.
Crum allegedly took the pain-killer Percocet, smoked marijuana and smoked one to two packs of cigarettes per day while pregnant, the detective said. Marijuana was found in her body.
The mother remains at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center with bond set at $25,000. A hearing is pending in General Sessions Court.
The whereabouts of her husband are unknown. He is wanted on criminal charges in Kentucky.
Brenda Joyce Davis
In another case, Craig charged babysitter Brenda Joyce Davis, 57, of Halls Hill Pike with reckless endangerment and child abuse after a 4-year-old boy bit the 1-year-old girl while in her care in July.
“She left two children unattended in her home where the 4-year-old, who has had behavioral issues in the past, proceeded to bite the 1-year-old in excess of 20 times on her back, buttocks, face, arms and legs,” Craig said.
The toddler was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and released to her parents.
During the investigation, multiple marijuana plants were found in Davis’ home, some in reach of the young children, the detective said.
“When questioned, Ms. Davis said she used the marijuana mainly for medicinal purposes when making hot tea,” Craig said.
After being indicted, Davis was booked into the detention center where she is being held on $20,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled Sept. 25 in Circuit Court.