Bullitt Co. couple charged with neglect, abuse of 2-year-old


by Bryan Baker


Posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 12:51 PM

MOUNT WASHINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office has arrested two people, after a toddler was found with a fractured skull. 24-year-old Charles Bowman and 25-year-old Elizabeth Hurst are charged with child abuse and child neglect after allegedly beating Hurst's two-year-old son.

Bowman bonded out of jail Monday according to authorities.

Day care workers at Today's Kids Childcare in Shepherdsville called Child Protective Services about the alleged abuse per state law, who in turn alerted police.

"He had a fractured skull, he had a black eye, he had bruising and marks pretty much over his body," Bullitt Co. Sheriff's Detective Scotty McGaha said.

But authorities say Bowman had a different story.

"Mr. Bowman, that has been charged in this, told the girlfriend that [the boy] had slipped, had a boo boo and got injured," said Det. McGaha. "These were the only two people that were with him and the day care reported this, and we now know through forensics that this is not a slip and fall type injury or something of that nature."

Day care owner Tammy Ott could not say much else about the case but says she reports two to four cases of abuse every year from her center and talked in general about crimes against children.

"There's things you want to say that you really can't say to that parent, because you realize the child's been hurt," she said.

Her workers track potential abuse injuries in a journal and on her desk is a view for the watchful eyes that often catch a child's injuries.

"It's your duty, you know, you have to do that to try to protect that child because they can't protect themselves," Ott said.

The boy is expected to recover from his injuries. Bowman and Hurst have a one-year-old daughter together. Both kids are with relatives.

The couple has since split up but have court dates on Aug. 20.