A couple that has been arrested for abusing their infant daughter to such a point that police and doctors were horrified, has now escaped before their trial, and are on the LAM. Police believe they may still be in the Ohio area.
The couple was arrested before, and allowed out on bail. The day before the trial was set to begin, they were nowhere to be found.
The trial however, went on without them. A jury found the couple guilty of all counts. The couple faces 14 years in prison.
Kayla Fannon and Samuel A. Thompson of Nelsonville, Ohio, were arrested in March 2014 after they brought their baby into the hospital. Doctors called police immediately. They found all the baby’s bones broken.
A couple convicted of seriously harming their infant daughter has gone on the lam. Kayla Fannon and Samuel A. Thompson of Nelsonville, Ohio, were arrested in March 2014 after bringing their daughter to the hospital.
According to WCHMH-TV Columbus, doctors found the 4-month-old baby to have over 25 broken bones, including her shoulders, ribs, fingers, arms, toes and legs. The child was also found to have multiple skull fractures that were in various stages of healing, as well as a significant brain injury.
PEOPLE reports that the couple had their parental rights terminated and the child was permanently placed with the Athens County Children Services. Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said in a statement that the baby was adopted by [her] foster parents and that she “has shown significant progress over the last two-and-a-half years.”
On May 11, the couple was in court facing felony charges of endangering children and permitting child abuse. The next day, the couple was nowhere to be found. Judge George McCarthy then ordered nationwide arrest warrants for Fannon and Thompson and allowed the trial to continue without them.
The jury found the couple guilty on all counts Wednesday, and they stand to face up to 14 years in prison. Blackburn also released a statement about the missing couple,
Kayla Fannon and Samuel Thompson will not be fully held accountable for their actions until they are arrested and brought before the court for sentencing. Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is urged to contact the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office at (740) 592-3208.