Jack LattaStaff Writer
September 17, 2012
PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County deputy sheriff testified Tuesday that he noted bruising and cigarette burns on a 2-year-old child during a preliminary hearing for Benjamin Ray Kidd.
Judge Johnny Ray Harris stated following the testimony that there was sufficient evidence to remand the case over to a Floyd County grand jury.
Kidd, 29, of Little Mud, was arrested last week following a sheriff’s investigation into allegations of child abuse. According to Delmas Johnson, a sergeant with the sheriff’s department, “We received a phone call asking for a welfare check. The caller advised that a 3-year-old was bleeding from the ear.”
Johnson testified that the two children in question had been picked up from a birthday party by a Rosalind Hamilton. Johnson said Hamilton decided to give the children a bath once she got home, at which time she noticed several bruises on the children. According to Johnson, the youngest child had what appeared to be a relatively fresh cigarette burn and another mark that looked like an older burn.
Johnson told the court that Rosalind Hamilton informed him that, when she questioned the children about the bruises, the youngest said, “Ben did it.”
Johnson said when he went to talk to Cynthia Bowman, the mother, she said she left the children with Kidd to go to the grocery and returned to find them bruised. Bowman said Kidd told her he had left the children inside and that they had begun fighting.
Cynthia Bowman, 25, of Printer, and Kidd, 29, were arrested after Bowman’s children were taken to the hospital for injuries. A police report filed last week states, “Cynthia is the mother of two children, (names redacted), both children sustained injuries from a possible assault … the mother neglected to take the children for medical attention.”
While at the hospital, medical personnel advised investigators that one of the children had “an old skull fracture that was previously (unintelligible).”
Cynthia Bowman was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. Kidd has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Kidd’s bond was initially set at $50,000 cash before being amended to $25,000. He is currently free on bond.
Bowman is scheduled to have a hearing in October.