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Lexington couple accused of child abuse

A Lexington couple sits in jail this evening each charged with criminal abuse in the first degree. They were arraigned via video this afternoon. Arrest records for the two say they intentionally abused Eric Kirik's 6-month-old child. The citation for Eric Kirik even goes so far as to call the abuse "torture". Larry Johnson lives down the hall from the Kiriks. He didn't want to appear on camera, but spoke out about the allegations.

"They need to be dealt with, you know?" he says.

He says he'd heard noises before, but didn't think anything of them.

"Sometimes at night, I'd hear a baby crying, but babies cry, you know? I didn't think anything like that was going on," he says.

Today, the child's grandmother spoke with 27 Newsfirst off-camera, telling us that this is all a big misunderstanding. She says the child, a girl named Sophia, was hurt when she fell down while her family was staying at the Salvation Army. Both Eric and Chaum Kirik declined our request to talk to them about the incident. Johnson says he was a victim of child abuse himself and if the allegations are true, there need to be consequences.

"Go to prison. I really think they should go to prison," he says.

The Kiriks' next hearing is scheduled for February 7.


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