Shelby woman charged with child abuse

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2-year-old hospitalized after EMS responds to call

By Lisa King

Kentucky State Police have charged Samantha Holt, 22, of Shelby County with first-degree criminal abuse in connection with an injured 2-year-old.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Ron Turley said that troopers responded to a call about an injured child that came in at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday from a residence on Eminence Pike.

KSP trooper Eddie Whitworth said that along with EMS, Shelby County 911 dispatched deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s office to the scene as well, and KSP also decided to check it out because it sounded suspicious.

“Either her or her fiancé– I’m not sure which one – called 911 to report the child had fallen off the couch and was unconscious,” Whitworth said.

Whitworth, who is also a paramedic with Shelby County EMS, said the child was transported to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

“I ended up riding in the back of the ambulance with him to the hospital and gave him medical aid,” Whitworth said.

KSP detectives began an investigation into the child’s injuries, and at 3:44 a.m. Thursday they arrested Holt, who is the boy’s mother. She has been charged with first-degree criminal abuse.

She is lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond. Whitworth said the charge is typically of a child abuse situation, because there is no specific statute that addresses child abuse.

The charge applies to intentional physical abuse to a child under 12 years old.

Whitworth said the boy remains in the hospital, but he is improving.

“I talked to his nurse last night,” he said on Friday.

“He is still in pediatric intensive care, at Kosairs, but he is doing very well, from what I understand.”

No arraignment date had been set for Holt as of Friday.