The Richmond Register

March 29, 2013

Grand jury indicts mother in abuse of her child


Register staff report

RICHMOND — A Richmond mother has been indicted on a charge of first-degree criminal abuse in connection with injuries her baby suffered during the first year and a half of his life.

The charge carries a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

Police began investigating Kayleigh Norris, 22, when a toddler was treated June 9 at Pattie A. Clay Hospital (now Baptist Health Richmond) for a suspicious bone fracture, according to a Richmond Police Department report.

The child, who the indictment identified as Norris’ son, had a broken humerus, the police reported.

The investigation revealed the child had suffered two previous broken bones while he was in Norris’ care, according to the RPD.

The indictment document does not indicate whether Norris injured the child or someone else did. It states she committed the offense by “intentionally abusing her son … or permitting him to be abused by another, thereby subjecting him to torture and cruel punishment and causing a serious physical injury.”

The indictment states the abuse occurred some time between the date of the child’s birth and June 9.

Norris was arrested Jan. 30 and was released the next day on a $25,000 cash bond.

• Jessica Powell, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception. Powell faces a maximum of 10 years if convicted of both charges.

• Tamara Marie Minguela and Jason Arthur Rhorer, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone).

• Deshawn Booth, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

• Jonathan Lee Bearc, Ronald D. Seaborn and Derek R. Damrell, manufacturing methamphetamine. Damrell also was indicted as a second-degree persistent felony offender. Manufacturing meth is a Class B felony, punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. If convicted as a persistent felony offender, Damrell could face 20 to 50 years in prison.

• Carolyn Sue Horn, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (hydrocodone).

• Misty Melton and James H. Hobbs, theft by unlawful taking (more than $500). The maximum sentence for the charge is five years in prison.

• James H. Hobbs, first-degree bail jumping. The charge is a Class D felony, which carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

• Amanda J. Babcock, Samantha L. Elam and David N. Rigel, theft by unlawful taking (more than $500). The charge carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt, only the grand jurors believe the state has enough evidence to prosecute.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.