Couple charged with wanton endangerment

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Two accused of failing to seek treatment for injured child; others face drug charges

By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown couple faces felony charges of wanton endangerment after police discovered they failed to treat the woman’s 18-month-old child for a broken arm.


Terry L. Adams, 24, and Christina M. Morgan, 19, are each charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. Adams also is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Elizabethtown police initially responded Tuesday night to an apartment in the 100 block of Plum Creek Court in reference to a marijuana smell coming from the residence, according to an EPD news release.

During an investigation, officers not only uncovered a “substantial amount” of marijuana but also found Morgan’s child had an injured arm, according to police.

Morgan and Adams told police they were playing with the child when she sustained the injury, said EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby.

The couple did not seek medical treatment even though they were aware the toddler was injured, he said.

Police citations list the date of injury as Sunday.

“If you were playing with the child and that child was injured, why would you not take that child to the hospital?” Willoughby said.

“You have a duty to take care of your child,” he added.

The girl was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later to Kosair Children’s Hospital, according to EPD.

She’s been diagnosed with an oblique fracture in her right humerus, or upper arm, which Willoughby described as a “pretty serious break.”

Willoughbysaid the child still was at the hospital Wednesday morning and had a fever in the injured area. She’s expected to be released into the care of her grandmother in Bardstown, he said.

Asked if the child had sustained other injuries in the care of the couple, Willoughby said he had not heard of any additional injuries.

The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force is investigating the marijuana found in the residence.

Detective Clinton Turner said the couples’ roommate left the residence just before police arrived but was found later located.

Police have charged Anthony D. Eiland, 19, of Elizabethtown, and Donovan M. Hensley, 18, of Vine Grove, each with trafficking in marijuana — more than 8 ounces but less than 5 pounds, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Adams and Morgan are lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of partially secured $50,000 cash bonds. They are scheduled to appear Wednesday for preliminary hearings in Hardin District Court.

Eiland and Hensley are lodged at the jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bonds. They are scheduled to appear for hearings Feb. 18 in district court.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.