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Criminal abuse of a child: Whitley Co. deputies say couple facing charges for involvement

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

WHITLEY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - We are learning more information about a couple facing criminal abuse charges in Whitley County.

Whitley County Sheriff's Deputies said the incident happened the first week of May. One deputy responded to a call about possible child abuse. Sheriff's said the father told the mother he was punishing their child for something school related.

Deputies said the mother chose to punish the child again by telling her boyfriend, 29-year-old Justin A. Lambdin, to whip the boy.

"Allegedly the child had been beat with a closed fist, open fist, and a belt," said Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Both Justin Lambdin and the child's mother, 29-year-old Christina E. Smith-Wyatt, are facing first-degree criminal abuse charges.

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