Rogersville father charged with aggravated child abuse in alleged baby shaking incident

Jeff Bobo • Sep 4, 2007 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man accused of severely injuring his infant daughter by shaking her earlier this year was named in a sealed Hawkins County Grand Jury indictment last week.

A Feb. 27 trial date has been set for Richard Trehern, 23, 102 Bowlin Lane, Rogersville.

Trehern is charged with one count of aggravated child abuse, a class A felony. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

According to court records, on April 21 4-month-old Alexandra Trehern was transferred from Hawkins County Memorial Hospital to Johnson City Medical Center suffering a subdural hematoma and retinal hemorrhage off the left eye “caused by a non-accidental injury.”

On April 26 the child’s mother, Michelle Trehern, reportedly gave investigators a statement that she saw her ex-husband Richard Trehern pick up Alexandra and “shake the baby really hard.” According to the grand jury affidavit the alleged abuse occurred sometime between April 9-16.

Subdural hematoma is a form of traumatic brain injury in which blood collects between the dura (the outer protective covering of the brain) and the arachnoid — the middle layer of the system of membranes that envelop the brain. Attorney General investigator Teddy Collingsworth was the prosecuting officer, but there was no information in the Rogersville Attorney General’s office Tuesday regarding the child’s current condition.

Although a trial date has already been set for Feb. 27, Trehern is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Circuit Court on Oct. 1.

As of Tuesday, Trehern remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $150,000 bond.

In other Hawkins County Circuit Court business last week, there were several guilty pleas heard Thursday by Judge John Dugger.

• Terrell Scott Penley, 49, 1413 Northcott Circle, Kingsport, was sentenced to two years in prison and fined a total of $5,800 in exchange for guilty pleas to violation of the Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender Act, DUI sixth offense, speeding, no insurance, evading arrest, simple possession of schedule IV narcotics and simple possession of schedule III narcotics.

• Cecil Edward Gent, 41, 314 Big Elm Road, Kingsport, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $1,000 in exchange for a guilty plea to violation of the Habitual Motor Offender Act sixth offense.

• Brandi Nicole Keirsey, 28, 640 Louis Lane, Kingsport, was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $700 in exchange for guilty pleas to seven counts of forgery.

• Danny Jet Mays Jr., 39, was sentenced to one year in prison in exchange for guilty pleas to two counts of felony reckless endangerment.

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