PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Caruthersville, Missouri woman has been arraigned on a child endangerment charge involving a three-year-old boy she was babysitting.
Kim Jones appeared in court on July 2 for her arraignment.
According to CaseNet, Jones waived her formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is due back in court on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.
On June 10, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a parent about their three-year-old son being spanked by their babysitter, allegedly leaving welts and a hand print on the child's leg and bottom.
At the end of the investigation, the sheriff's office said a probable cause was submitted to the Pemiscot County Prosecutor's Office.
According to the probable cause statement, on Tuesday, June 9 a woman dropped her son off at Kim Jones' daycare.
At about 2:15 p.m., Jones sent a text to the mother, allegedly saying, "Girl I just tore [child's name] butt up on his bare butt with my hand." In a later message, Jones allegedly said that he "will probably have welps."
When the woman arrived to pick the child up, deputies say she saw the bruises on his left thigh and buttock area. Later that evening, they say she and her husband took the child to a Kennett, Mo. hospital.
According to the medical report, the child had purple bruising in the shape of a hand print and red scratches to the left buttocks.
On Wednesday, June 10, the child was taken to a Benton, Mo. medical center for a safe exam.
During the exam, deputies say the child told them that Jones had pulled his pants down and spanked him.
Kim Jones is the wife of Caruthersville's police chief, Tony Jones.
The mother, Kayla McLevain, said the two used to be friends and this shows you never know who you can trust.
On June 9, Kayla McLevain picked up her son Lucas from the babysitter, but what she saw was beyond her imagination.
"When I seen him there was no way that I pictured it that way," she said.
Just hours before she had gotten a text message from then-babysitter Kim Jones saying "Girl I tore his bare butt up with my hand."
She goes on to say she spanked the three year old when he wouldn't take a nap and then kicked her.
Kayla responded quote "do what you have to do."
Jones had disciplined her son in the past and the family spanks their children at home.
But then Kayla saw her son's hip.
"It was a lot worse than I expected," she said.
Kayla immediately took her son to the hospital.
It took six or seven days for the bruises to heal but, "he is terrified. He's traumatized by it so now we have to find other methods of disciplining him," Kayla said.
Along with finding another way to discipline their kids, they have to find new daycare.
Kayla said her kids will not be back there.
"Because he didn't deserve that. He didn't deserve it. There's other kids that go there still but that's their choice."