Infant Is Fighting For His Life After Being Abused

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Police say a baby boy is fighting for his life after being abused.

The Middlesboro four month old was rushed to a hospital last night and police believe they know who's responsible.

The four month old baby is in the East Tennessee Children's Hospital after suffering both internal and external injuries.

Two people are behind bars including the boy's mother.

Just after nine o'clock Tuesday night in Bell County, police say they got a call that a four month old boy stopped breathing and suffered both internal and external injuries.

“By the time we arrived they had already got the child breathing again and taken him to Middlesboro ARH on their own,” Lt. David Buis said.

Later on, the infant was transferred to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee and was diagnosed with an internal hemorrhage.

The preliminary investigation led police to Randy J. Vaughn, 23, of Middlesboro.

“He was charge with criminal abuse first two counts of that and criminal abuse third one count of that,” Lt. Buis said.

Police say Vaughn lived in the home with the baby but he's not the father.

He's scheduled to be in court January 31st for a preliminary hearing.

Vaughn isn't the only suspect in the case. Police say Vaughn's girlfriend, the infants mother is also facing charges.

“We have charged the mother, her name is Christina Terrell, she just got charge with criminal abuse... second degree,” Lt. Buis said.

Once police charged the nineteen year old Middlesboro mom authorities took her to jail.

Authorities are not ruling out the possibility that others may have played a role in the abuse.

They also say charges could be upgraded against the two suspects.

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  • by Mary Location: Spokane, WA on Feb 5, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    Yes, what a crime against humanity that innocent people (a 4 month old child) are harmed. I wonder what caused these young adults to change from innocent children themselves, to violent, adults. Hurt people hurt people. All involved need our prayers and attention.
  • by Kristen Location: Clay County on Jan 31, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    This is so sad because I knew this girl she graduated from my school and she was my camp counselor... She LOVED kids i mean she watched the camp directors child Jubilee I cant belive this happened people can really change over the years... I really hope she gets her life straighted out & the little 4 month baby makes it he's diffiently in our prayers
  • by Guest Location: SEKY on Jan 30, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    This is messed up we know mr RANDY and he shouldnt do this to a inncent child.
  • by portia Location: richmond on Jan 25, 2008 at 04:04 AM
    I think we are abusing the terroristic threating charge. I am very sure this is not the first time a parent has lost his temper,and mouth over loaded the brain. that does not make him a terrorist
  • by mickey Location: bell county on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:59 PM
    stuff like this makes me test my faith in God.. all these drug addicted mother can spread there legs and have all the babbies they want to have. But when it comes to a soft hearted women that will give a child her full attn and nothing but love and not dare raise a hand to that child they cant have children. And the parents that actually take care of there children always get the social workers involved in there lives and 90 % of the time get there children riped from the home and take forever to get them back. they really need to take the time to look at the parents that dont Take Care of the children and find them homes for them. I feel really sorry for this baby and i hope and pray that he lives to take his frist step and say his first word. And i hope the mother and boyfriend get what they deserve. God Bless you lil boy
  • by jenna Location: big sandy,tn on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    I USED TO DATE RANDY J VAUGHN. i am really glad that i left him before he beat on me like he did all his other women he was with. he is an (edited) and has a bad temper. i never though he woukd beat on a helpless baby. that is a monster, and the mother that let it happen. what kind of mother is she. some people are just bad people and dont need there kids.
  • by Kelly Location: Letcher on Jan 24, 2008 at 03:51 PM
    Prison is to good a place for someone who would hurt a innocent infant, but drugs is not excuse either. I know alot of drug addicts that took care of their children, this is sick.
  • by TRACY BOYATT Location: monticello on Jan 24, 2008 at 01:04 PM
    Yes it's a shame someone is so sorry and low down to do this to a helpless little baby, I agree with Kim, they need the **** beat out of them.
  • by BS Location: KY on Jan 24, 2008 at 01:01 PM
    Another day, another child I don't know and another one I will add to a growing list I pray for each day. There will not be any justice for this child because the system is set to protect the rights of criminals, regardless of who the abuser is. It doesn't matter if the paren'ts had been married, divorced or any other way they failed this innocent one. Put these people away and let's start worrying more about the victim's rights rather than the criminals right's.
  • by robert Location: hopkinsivlle on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM
    I hope that this mother gets the chance to see her baby again. how could she as a mother ever look at her child knowing what she has done. (edited). wondering also if the baby was born with drugs in its system.


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