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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  • by jburson Location: home on Sep 26, 2008 at 05:25 PM
    ok a comment,the burson family tried and brian was warned or talked to about his habbit but we can not tell the couple to not have kids although we tried to as for the comments all i can say is u are some what right and some what wrong so all we can do is read your comments and cry some more now i know the drugs was the blame then who do we blame the boys abuse on g m
  • by SHERRY Location: SALYERSVILLE on Aug 17, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    TO THE PEOPLE OF SALYERSVILLE I DONT BELEAVE THAT THE FAMILEY DID NOT TRY OR DO ANY THING LIKE THEY WAS ACOUSED OF THE BABY WAS NOT HURT AT ALL THEY HAVE SOULD DOCTER REPORTS TO ME AND OTHERS THAT WAS ALL BOB JORDANS DOINGS THE WAS IS FINE DONT BELIVE EVER THING YOU HERE.
  • by CLARA Location: SALYERSVILE on Aug 17, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    I DONT THINK THAT WAS THE WHOLE TRUTH THE MOTHER DID NOT TRY TO HURT HER BABYS SHE WAS TRYING TO PROTECT HER KIDS IF ANY ONE NOWS HER THEY KNOW SHE WOULD NEVER HURT HER KIDS PEOPLE NEEDS TO GET THERE STORY STRAIGHT BEFORE JUDGEING HER........
  • by ... on Aug 14, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    if the baby wasnt hurt that bad why did they fly her out and didnt think she would make it...they said they almost didnt get her stable going in to the helicopter but had no other choice for her and was brought back to life 6 mins after she quit breathing...someone needs too pay and not the baby...imo
  • by anyonymous Location: kentucky on Jul 29, 2008 at 10:33 PM
    Wild people..crazy I told you..
  • by child advocat Location: In. on Jul 29, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    The clannish way Magoffin county continues to handle these cases is appalling. I work with the court system and unfortunately I am dealing with two cases of infant child abuse of this kind at this time. Children who are living in a home where one or both of the parents are involved in substance abuse are always in danger. The child did not make a choise to be in the home. I'm sure these parents love their children but right now they love the drugs more and the drugs are making the decisions for them. So let's not sweep the real issues under the rug.Looking the other way will not provide a positive future for any child. Admit that the parents have a problem and get it treated but most of all do not return this child to a family who are willing to look the other way... DCS returned one of my babies to an abusive home recently and now the baby is in a therapeutic foster home and will be a vegetable for the rest of it's to short life. So it can get worst! Don't let it!!!
  • by marge Location: salyersville on Jul 29, 2008 at 08:31 AM
    the way i see is the grandparents should have done something sooner than they did if there was concern for the children's welfare before the mother got into the kind of shape she was in due to the drugs and i personally think the children are better off without their parents that what people need to do more often is get involved if drugs are more important to the parents than their children good enough for them let them rott in jail they more than likely was taking money they were getting for their children and buying drugs with it anyway.
  • by .357 MAG S&W Location: Salyersville on Jul 29, 2008 at 08:04 AM
    This is why they make .357 MAG. S&W to kill and get rid of sum like this.
  • by been there Location: done that on Jul 29, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    This is horrible. The babies are always the one that pays for the parents problem regardless if they meant to hurt them or not! Drugs will never come to no good. Some one in that area needs to lead this couple to the Lord for salvation!
  • by Grace on Jul 28, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    sounds like quality people. Who all has SSI and Medicaid....
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