UPDATE: Knox County couple indicted for burning boy with hot water

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - A grand jury indicted Sierra Shepherd and Tyrone Person with first degree criminal abuse.

Police arrested the pair in July.

They tell us Shepherd's son received severe burns and had to be treated at a Lexington hospital.

Shepherd claims Person burned the boy with scalding hot water while she was away from home.

Both pleaded not guilty.

A pretrial conference is set for October 3rd.

Sierra Shephard and Tyrone Person are both in the Knox County jail after, police say, they put Shephard's child in scalding water. From jail, Shephard says the only thing she did wrong was wait to tell police what happened and get her son the help he needed.

"He has to have skin grafts done on his feet and I think the back of his legs," Shephard says of the injuries her son is being treated for.

Shephard's two-year-old son, Bryce, is at a Lexington hospital. Shephard is charged with criminal abuse, but claims the child was injured at the hands of her boyfriend while she was away from their Knox County home.

"He said 'I was giving him a bath in water and I left him in there for about 20 to 30 minutes and when I got him out, his skin was peeling,'" said Shephard.

Shephard says she wanted to get her son help.

"Him being the way he always is, said, 'Don't call anyone. Or I'm going to hurt you,'" she said.

Several days later Shephard said she decided he needed medical care and took him to a Corbin hospital. She says she no longer believes the bath story.

"I think he's held my baby down, scalding hot water, had him sit there and held him down," she said.

Both Person and Shephard face charges of criminal abuse. Police say a mother doesn't have to be present when the abuse happened to be charged.

"I just want to be with my son... he wants his mama," she said.

WKTY did give Person an opportunity to give his side of the story, but he declined.

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