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2 arrested in Weakley Co. TN, charged with child abuse

Austin King (Source: Weakley County Sheriff's Department) Austin King (Source: Weakley County Sheriff's Department)
Katlinn Hutson (Source: Weakley County Sheriff's Department) Katlinn Hutson (Source: Weakley County Sheriff's Department)
WEAKLEY COUNTY, TN (KFVS) -

Two people were arrested earlier this week after an investigation provided signs of child abuse and child endangerment.

On Thursday, Weakley County officials received call was made about children in danger involving drugs  

Investigators from the Weakley County Sheriff's Department and child protective services case workers from the Department Of Children's Services went to a home on Seminary Road near McKenzie in Weakley County.

While at the home, a 19-month-old child was found with numerous bruises on her face, hands, back and throat and bite marks on her arm.

The mother of the child, Katlinn Morgana Beth Hutson, 22, and Katlinn's boyfriend Austin Eligiah King, 23, were both arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse.

According to Tennessee state law, abuse to a child under the age of 8 is a felony and any parent or custodian of a child under 8 years of age who knowingly fails to protect such child from abuse is also guilty of abuse.

Investigators also found drug paraphernalia at the house in the form of hypodermic needles and tin foil used to smoke methamphetamine.

Children's services gathered hair follicle samples from the child to test for narcotics, and future charges could be brought depending on the result of those tests.

In addition, evidence was also uncovered leading investigators to charge King with theft over $1000 in connection with the theft of guns from a house near Gleason, Tennessee that took place around the middle of October.

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