A Rhea County man and woman are facing child abuse charges after being indicted by the Rhea County Grand Jury on Monday, April 1.
Draven Hanna, 23, and Johanna Bailey, 23, were arrested following the indictments. Hanna is facing charges of aggravated child abuse and child neglect, and Bailey is facing a charge of child abuse and neglect.
Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Rocky Potter said the investigation into the alleged abuse began in December when the couple’s 16-month-old child was taken to the doctor, where medical professionals began to suspect the abuse.
“They had taken the child to the doctor for an earache and fever,” Potter said. “One nurse there noticed that the child seemed to be favoring one of his arms.”
Potter said that the medical staff asked the couple if the child perhaps had a deformity that was causing the issue, and he said the couple told the staff that the child did not.
“They then performed an x-ray and noticed a fracture in the forearm,” Potter said, adding that the state’s child abuse hotline was then notified.
The child was then taken to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga where the staff treated the fracture and even found evidence of other past fractures that were in the process of healing.
Potter presented the evidence to the April grand jury, and the couple was arrested and booked into the Rhea County Jail. He said that the child was placed in foster care while the case works its way through the court system.
Hanna’s bond was set at $15,000, while Bailey’s was set at $7,500. According to jail records, they have since bonded out.