Child’s injuries lead to mother’s arrest

Reported injuries to a small child resulted in hospital treatment and led to the arrest of the child’s mother Friday on a felony charge.

Kelsea Chaney, 20, allegedly beat the child with a switch taken from a tree, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court appearance Monday for Chaney.

Detective James Williams reported that police were sent to Jefferson Regional Medical Center to talk to the child’s grandmother, who had brought in the 1-and-a-half year old after seeing multiple red marks and welts on the child’s legs and buttocks.

Kizer said the grandmother told police she had picked up the child from Chaney at about 7 p.m. Friday and didn’t see the welts until she removed his pants to change him.

Williams reported that when Chaney was interviewed, she reportedly said she had disciplined the child because he had wet his pants.

The Department of Human Services was called and the child was turned over to them, Kizer said.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Chaney — who Kizer said had no prior convictions or pending charges — after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with second-degree domestic battery.

Chaney said she would hire her own attorney and she was told to come back to court Nov. 19.