Kingsport mom charged with child abuse for 'excessive' spanking

Jeff Bobo • Sep 13, 2011 at 4:06 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Kingsport woman accused of “excessive” spanking of her 19-month-old son in Church Hill in July will be arraigned on one count of child abuse next week in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

Allison Marie Blevins, 28, 332 Claremont Road, Kingsport, was originally set for arraignment Monday, but that case was reset until Sept. 19. Blevins remains lodged in the Hawkins County jail on $35,000 bond.

She was arrested Sept. 1 by the Church Hill Police Department as a result of an investigation that originally was referred to the Kingsport Police Department by Child Protective Services.

The KPD contacted CHPD Detective Kevin Grigsby after it was determined that the alleged abuse occurred at Derrick Park in Church Hill on July 13. According to a statement obtained by the KPD, Blevins stated she took her two children, ages 19 months and 2 years old, to the Church Hill Mc-Donald’s for lunch that day and then took them to play at nearby Derrick Park. According to the arrest warrant, Blevins stated that while at the park the 19-month-old “did several things that caused her to spank him on the buttocks area three separate times.” Two of the spankings occurred while the child was wearing a diaper, and one occurred on the child’s bare buttocks, Blevins stated. Blevins added that the boy also hit his head on the bottom of the slide while playing. The KPD provided Grigsby with a CD containing photos of the child’s injuries including “substantial bruising to the buttocks and side of the head,” which Grigsby said “are not consistent with marks that might be observed on a child after the child is disciplined after a spanking, and are viewed as excessive.” Both children have been removed from Blevins’ custody and are in the custody of a relative, Grigsby added.

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