Elizabethtown police charge 3 parents in abuse cases


by Adam Walser


Posted on February 28, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 7:42 PM

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two tragic cases of child abuse, reported just hours apart, are under investigation in Hardin County.

A six-month-old girl died from her injuries, while a three-month-old is fighting for his life in intensive care.

The two cases are completely unrelated, but in both incidents, police say there was abuse by young parents who didn't know how to handle their crying infants.

In one case, a child died. Three parents are behind bars.

“It's terrible. My heart is hurting,” Shaneatha Simms said.

Her son, 21-year-old Barry Williams, Jr., is charged with assaulting his six-month-old daughter Aleyah.

“My son doesn't have a hurting bone in his body, and everybody knows that,” Simms said. “I don’t know what happened. I can't say what happened. “

“He loved her. There are so many pictures of him and the baby on Facebook. He's holding her, kissing on her, just loving her,” Tomeka Taylor, William’s aunt said.

Police say Williams snapped earlier this week, when he was taking care of his daughter while the girl's 17-year-old mother was attending high school.

“Mr. Williams did state he dropped the child. The child was crying uncontrollably, so he picked the child up and started shaking the baby at that time,” Virgil Willoughby, spokesperson for the Elizabethtown Police Department said.

Little Aleyah died Wednesday at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Across town, hours after the first child abuse case, police say 18-year-old Alexander Irwin and 19-year-old Jessica Capponi brutalized their three-month-old son.

“This child had a skull fracture, broken ribs, a broken femur, bruising all over the body and extremely malnourished,” Willoughby said.

The three-month-old boy weighed less than eight pounds when he was admitted to Kosair Children’s Hospital this week. 

Police say the infant’s grandparents also lived in the same apartment.

The grandfather told WHAS11 he did not know what happened.

“I'm trying to find out. I've called the hospital. I've talked to detectives,” he said.

Police say the investigation is continuing and the grandparents could be charged in connection with the case.

The three-month-old is expected to survive.

The Hardin County Grand Jury will likely indict Williams on a murder charge.

He is currently charged with first degree assault.