Fleming Co. foster mother pleads not guilty on child abuse charges

FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A foster mother pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges against her, after police say a child in her care suffered a brain injury.

Police arrested foster mother Natisha Schlabach, 24, and charged her with criminal abuse last week. They began investigating after the 17-month-old child was taken to Fleming County Hospital on the night of December 17th because he wasn't breathing properly.

He was later flown to Lexington where he underwent surgery at Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Police say the child had been with Schlabach's family since June. The family includes two biological children.

We're told more arrests are possible in the case.

Schlabach is due back in district court on January 2nd at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

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