JOEY MARK WAYE
ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man accused of burning his girlfriend’s 14-month-old baby with cigarettes in 2010 was returned to Hawkins County on Friday from a Georgia jail to answer an aggravated child abuse charge.
On Sept. 14, 2010, Rogersville police stopped a vehicle occupied by Joey Mark Waye, his girlfriend and her 14-month-old daughter because the couple were wanted for questioning in connection to some burglaries in Hamblen County.
During that traffic stop, officers allegedly observed that the baby had numerous burns.
Rogersville Police Department Detective Charlie Gibson said a medical report later confirmed that the burns were from a cigarette.
The girlfriend allegedly gave a statement that the burns occurred while the child was in Waye’s care.
Gibson said he couldn’t remember the exact number of burns on the child, but he said the injuries were “horrendous” at the time.
Gibson said the child received medical treatment for the burns, and as far as he knows the child is still healthy today.
Aggravated child abuse is a Class A felony punishable by 15-25 years in prison with no chance for parole.
Waye was taken into custody following that 2010 traffic stop and transferred to Hamblen County.
Gibson said he’s not sure how Waye ended up in the Bartow (Ga.) County Jail, where the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office picked him up last week.
Waye, 32, lived in Rogersville at the time of the alleged abuse.
In 2012, he was named in a sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment on one count of aggravated child abuse.
His whereabouts at that time were unknown, Gibson said.
On Friday, Waye was transported from Georgia to the Hawkins County Jail, where he is being held on a $200,000 bond.
Upon his return to the Hawkins County Jail, Waye was served with the 2-year-old indictment warrant.
Waye will be arraigned Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court.