Two people assaulted 3-year-old, thought he was dead the next morning, police say
BOONE COUNTY, KY – Two Northern Kentuckians were arrested Friday for allegedly abusing a 3-year-old child, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
Shane C. Sasher and Karen Spurlock face criminal abuse and second-degree assault charges in incidents that left a boy badly beaten. The pair “thought he was deceased” the next morning, according to the sheriff’s office.
The boy, Spurlock’s son, lived with his mother and Sasher in the 10000 block of Irish Way in Union, Kentucky.
On Tuesday, medical professionals at St. Elizabeth Edgewood notified law enforcement that the boy had “significant facial injuries consistent with abuse,” including abrasions and contusions beneath his eyes and to his forehead, temples and cheeks.
The victim’s left eye was swollen shut.
Over the course of a three-day probe, the sheriff’s office said, investigators learned the boy was alone in the residence with Spurlock and Sasher the night before.
After suffering separate assaults, the sheriff’s office said, the victim was given Motrin and put to bed. Spurlock and Sasher attempted to wake him up the next morning, and before he awoke they believed he may be dead.
They later took him to the hospital, blaming the injuries on a fall down stairs, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives found inconsistencies in their statements, according to authorities. Spurlock said Sasher told her not to report the initial injuries the boy suffered from the first assault.
The child is now in the custody of a relative.
Sgt. Philip Ridgell, a spokesman for the Boone County sheriff’s office, said Spurlock and Sasher are in custody at the Boone County Jail. No bond or arraignment date has been set.