Bond has been denied for a 21-year-old local mother of two and her 22-year-old boyfriend, who are charged in connection with abuse of the woman's 10-month-old baby.
Bethanee Taylor and Justin Blake Scott Nye appeared before Associate District Judge Aaron Duck in Murray County District Court Monday. Taylor is charged with enabling child abuse. Nye faces an abuse of a child charge. Preliminary hearing in the case is set for 2 p.m. Jan. 23.
The couple was targeted Nov. 21 when Mercy Hospital Ardmore officials alerted law enforcement Taylor was seeking treatment for the severely injured baby. Arrest affidavits indicate the baby suffered multiple broken bones and lacerations.
The case was initially investigated by Davis police. However, when it was determined the child was injured at Nye's Sulphur 11th Street residence, the investigation was turned over to Sulphur Police Department. Officer Jerry Bumpass leads the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the child's injuries.
Bumpass told The Ardmoreite Tuesday, "The investigation in ongoing and very sensitive. There are not any other suspects at this time. Interviews are ongoing and we still have multiple people we need to talk to." Asked if the case could lead to additional charges the officer said, "I am not sure, that will be up to the district attorney when it is all said and done."
Assistant District Attorney John Walton, who filed the charges against the twosome, also said the case was far from over. Confirming the ongoing investigation, Walton also said he was awaiting the medical reports concerning the infant's injuries.
However, the ADA said he had been told the baby has been released from a metro hospital. He confirmed both the infant and Taylor's 3-year-old child, have been placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services.
Taylor, who claims she is now pregnant with Nye's child, has no criminal history. If she is convicted of enabling the abuse of her child she faces not less than one year in the county jail and up to life in a state prison, along with fines ranging from $500 to $5,000.
The charge against Nye accuses him of "willfully and maliciously injuring the infant and inflicting injuries upon said infant."
Nye has a criminal history which includes he is a registered sex offender based on his 2009 conviction of second-degree rape in 2009 in Murray County District Court. If convicted Nye faces four years to life in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.