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Scott County man indicted in beating of infant

April 7th, 2014 9:40 pm by Wes Bunch

Scott County man indicted in beating  of infant

Jeremy Scott Owens

GATE CITY — A Southwest Virginia man accused by authorities of severely beating his infant son was indicted last week in Scott County on felony abuse charges.

Jeremy Scott Owens, 37, of Duffield, is charged with a single count each of malicious wounding and felony abuse and neglect of a child stemming from a Jan. 4, 2014, incident involving his then 11-week-old child.

Owens is scheduled to appear in Scott County Circuit Court on April 16.

Authorities allege that abuse inflicted by Owens left the child with a broken leg and multiple broken ribs.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office began investigating the abuse claims on Jan. 5 after the child was taken to Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap for treatment of unspecified injuries. The infant was later transferred to Niswonger Children's Hospital in Johnson City.

Niswonger doctors determined the boy suffered a broken femur and a total of six broken ribs — three on each side. Owens was arrested by the Johnson City Police Department on Jan. 8 at Niswonger.

Authorities have not said how the child's injuries were inflicted.

The abuse allegedly occurred at the child's mother's residence, which is located in Scott County's Bishoptown Community.

The Scott County Department of Social Services assisted the sheriff's office in the investigation.

Owens was one of 19 people indicted April 3 on a total of 41 charges.

Among those indicted were:

— Joseph Blake Absher, Gate City, DUI-drugs.

— David Dewayne Childress, Duffield, grand larceny, possession of Schedule III drugs.

— Michael J. Amthor, Weber City, unauthorized use of welfare.

— Lois Ann Ely, Coeburn, Possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

— Tiffani Meshayla Gibson, Gate City, grand larceny, conspiracy.

— Roger Allen Gillenwater, Fort Blackmore, distribution of marijuana between 0.5 ounces and 5 pounds, two counts of possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

— Cody Reed Hensley, Gate City, robbery, conspiracy, malicious wounding.

— Jerry Lee Huffman, Jr., Keokee, two counts of possession of Schedule I or II drugs, possession of a gun with Schedule I or II drugs, possession with intent to manufacture Schedule I or II drugs.

— Jason Allen Lawrence, Duffield, petit larceny.

— Jonathan Sparkman, Coeburn, possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

— Donald Keith Taylor, Hiltons, two counts of filing a false welfare application, unauthorized use of welfare.

— Gregorius van den Hoven, Columbia, S.C., assault of a correctional officer, two counts of assault of a law enforcement officer and destruction of prison property.

— Jack Everett Perkins, Kingsport, violent felon in possession of a weapon, giving false statements on criminal history consent form.

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