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Two indicted over tot's broken arm

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E'town mother, boyfriend charged

By Sarah Bennett

Just nine days after Elizabethtown police responded to a drug complaint and found an 18-month-old child with a broken arm, the toddler’s mother and her boyfriend have been indicted for failing to seek medical treatment for the injury.

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Christina M. Morgan, 19, and Terry L. Adams Jr., 24, both of Elizabethtown, each were indicted on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

The couple was arrested Jan. 8 and was scheduled to appear Friday for a preliminary hearing in Hardin District Court.

However, prior to the hearing, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury for direct indictment.

The indictments allege Morgan and Adams showed “extreme indifference to the value of human life” by wantonly engaging in behavior which created “a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury” to the child when they failed to seek medical attention for her broken arm.

Elizabethtown police said they initially responded to the couple’s Plum Creek Court apartment on a complaint of marijuana odor coming from the residence.

Upon their arrival, officers found the girl suffering from an “obvious” injury to her right arm, according to a citation.

The child was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and then Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville where she was treated for an oblique fracture to her right upper arm and a fever in the injured area, police said.

During interviews, Morgan and Adams told police they were playing with the child when she broke the arm, according to police.

Indictments allege the injury occurred Jan. 6. According to EPD, it wasn’t until police intervened two days later that the toddler received medical treatment.

Morgan and Adams remain lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of partially secured $50,000 bonds. Arraignments in Hardin Circuit Court have not been scheduled.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison upon conviction,  according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Police also said a large amount of marijuana was found at the apartment. The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force is investigating.

Anthony D. Eiland, 19, of Elizabethtown, and Donovan M. Hensley, 18, of Vine Grove, have been charged in connection to the marijuana.

Sarah Bennettcan be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenews enterprise.com.