Kingsport mom gets 60 days for 'excessive' spanking

Jeff Bobo • Sep 20, 2011 at 4:41 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Kingsport mom accused of “excessive spanking” of her 19-month-old son in July was sentenced to 60 days in jail Monday as part of a plea agreement to the reduced charge of misdemeanor child abuse. Allison Marie Blevins, 28, 332 Claremont Road, Kingsport, was charged with felony child abuse on Sept. 1 by the Church Hill Police Department in connection with an incident that occurred at Derrick Park in Church Hill on July 13.On Monday, Hawkins County Sessions Judge Jay Taylor accepted the plea agreement negotiated by Public Defender Clifford Barnes and prosecutor Kevin Keeton.Keeton noted that because the allegations involved serious bodily injury, Blevins will be required to serve all 60 days with no eligibility for early release. She will be on supervised probation for 11 months and 29 days upon her release.Keeton told the court that the child, as well as a 2-year-old sibling, will remain in temporary custody of the grandparents at the discretion of the Department of Children’s Services.Blevins has been in jail on $35,000 bond since her arrest Sept. 1 and was credited for time served.The allegation against Blevins was originally referred to the Kingsport Police Department by Child Protective Services.The KPD contacted CHPD Detective Kevin Grigsby after it was determined that the 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 McDonald’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.”

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