Couple Charged With Child Endangerment Appear In Court

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The family of a Magoffin County husband and wife accused of almost killing their one year old baby say the couple did not intentionally hurt their child.

Brian Perkins and Helen Sizemore were in court after sheriff's deputies say their baby was hurt in a fight, and charged the couple with child endangerment and assault.

The couple pleaded not guilty and are still in jail.

Their family says the baby girl is not hurt that badly and say this is being blown out of proportion, but investigators say the child's life was in danger.

Husband and wife, Brian Perkins and Helen Sizemore, claim they didn't do anything wrong, but police say they hurt their one year old daughter.

It happened when the Sheriff says the couple was high on drugs, and Perkins' mother and brother tried to get their three kids away from them.

“It ended up in a big knockdown, drag out brawl,” Sheriff Bob Jordan Said.

He says baby Makayla got caught in the middle.

“It was a tug of war situation between the grandmother and mother of the one year old child,” Sheriff Jordan said.

Sizemore's family says she loves her daughter and wouldn't do that.

“She would not hurt her kids. She wouldn't even spank her kids or anything like that,” Joyce Bailey said.

The Sheriff believes Sizemore was trying to protect her baby in the fight, but says she was on drugs and didn't know she was hurting the baby.

“She was holding the baby (in a headlock), and it was dangling. The neighbors and witnesses standing by said the baby was turning dark colored in the face at the time,” Sheriff Jordan said.

Investigators say Makayla was covered with bruises and possible broken bones, so they flew her to a West Virginia Hospital.

“They blew it plum out of proportion. The baby was not hurt that bad. I didn't see anything wrong with her. She was pretty as a peach when I went to see her,” Bailey said.

She says Makayla has no broken bones and is out of the hospital, but is in social services custody, away from her parents.

Now its up to the courts to decide if she will get her children back.

The judge denied reducing bond for the couple.

Sizemore is being held on a $25,000 bond and Perkins' is $1,000.
They'll be in court again on August 4th.

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