Lexington abuse case goes to grand jury

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Both Krisha Kennedy and Jonathan Freidman appeared in court to answer to criminal abuse charges. A big difference between the two, Kennedy was the only one still in a jail uniform. And that was one of the points argued by defense attorneys today.

The public defender assigned to Krisha Kennedy argued it's Jonathan Friedman, not her client, who's accused of allegedly abusing her clients daughter, and that Kennedy's bond should be reduced.

Both defendants attorneys requested that the charges be reduced from first degree criminal abuse, to second or third degree, given the nature of the alleged victim's injuries, saying there was bruising on the child's face and buttocks and no reports of broken bones and internal injuries.

A Lexington Police detective testified today, summarizing a report made by another detective, which notes an encounter between Krisha Kennedy and a worker at her child's daycare.

"When she went to daycare on the 28th, the daycare worker noticed the bruising. It was said at that point by Ms. Kennedy that she believed her daughter walked into a wall, and that's how she received the injury," said Det. James Jeffries with Lexington Police.

It was also noted that Jonathan Friedman had smacked the child's face to discipline her, and that Kennedy was aware of that action.

The case will go on to a grand jury. Kennedy's bond has been reduced.

The alleged victim in this case, Kennedy's three year old daughter, is now in the custody of child protective services.

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