In 2010, Bonnie Lee “Sissy” Carroll, 25, formerly of Bulls Gap, was charged with felony child neglect, but that charged was “nollied” in 2011, which means it was dismissed with leave to resubmit to the grand jury. On Aug. 27, 2012, Carroll was named in a sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment charging her with aggravated child endangerment for “knowingly failing to protect a child from abuse or neglect resulting in serious bodily injury to a child.” The charge is a Class A felony punishable by 15-25 years in prison. On Sept. 15, 2010, Rogersville police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by Carroll, her boyfriend, Joey Mark Waye, 32, and Carroll’s two daughters, ages 2 and 14 months at the time. The couple were wanted for questioning at the time in connection to some burglaries in Hamblen County. During that traffic stop, officers reportedly observed the 14-month-old had numerous burns. Police had responded to a domestic complaint at their residence the night before and had observed the infant didn’t have those injuries. Rogersville Police Department Detective Charlie Gibson said the burns were allegedly caused by a cigarette. The 2-year-old wasn’t harmed
Carroll allegedly gave a statement that the burns occurred while the child was in Waye’s care.
Carroll had been wanted on the sealed indictment warrant since 2012 until she was located last week in Greenville, S.C., working at a Krystal restaurant.
She was returned Friday to the Hawkins County jail, where she was being held on $200,000 bond pending arraignment in Hawkins County Criminal Court on April 30. Waye was indicted by the Hawkins County grand jury in 2012 on one count of aggravated child abuse. Last month, Waye was transported from a Georgia jail back to Hawkins County, where he too is being held on a $200,000 bond. Waye’s trial date is set for June 25 in Hawkins County Criminal Court. According to court documents, Waye was questioned at the Hamblen County jail following his Sept. 15, 2010, arrest, at which time he stated he didn’t know how the child was injured except that she had fallen against a table. Waye also allegedly stated that he had consumed 10 30-milligram Roxicodone pills on Sept. 14. He also said Carroll knew he had taken the drugs before leaving her children with him at a Rogersville motel while she went to Morristown. Rogersville police allege that the two children were left in Waye’s care for about three hours the night of Sept. 14. Waye also stated that after Carroll had been gone for about an hour he bought 30 more Roxicodone pills. Of those pills, Waye admitted he took three and sold some to another person, all while both of Carroll’s daughters were in his care. According to a medical report from Green Mountain Pediatrics, the 14-month-old’s injuries were not accidental. There was not a localized or focal point of bruising that would be consistent with a fall from a table, according to the medical report. The bruises and skin injuries are pattered like fingertips and bite marks. The face was swollen and extremely bruised on both sides. There were multiple skin injuries all consistent with non-accidental trauma, according to the report. Upon being arrested, Carroll said she believed the marks were an allergic reaction. When further questioned about the injuries, Carroll asked for an attorney. Later in the jail, however, Carroll allegedly told the Hawkins County Sheriffs Office that she and Waye had been playing “chicken” the night of Sept. 14 by holding a lit cigarette to each other to see who pulled away first. Carroll allegedly stated that the red marks on her daughter resembled cigarette burns on her from the game, implicating Waye.