Deputies: Man in custody in connection to Hopkins Co. child abuse investigation

Deputies: man in custody in connection to Hopkins Co. child abuse investigation

EARLINGTON, Ky. (WFIE) - The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after they say two kids were assaulted and had to be taken to the hospital.

According to the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Quail Run Apartments in Earlington, Kentucky, for a complaint of child abuse on Thursday.

The news release says deputies found two small children that had been assaulted. The sheriff’s office says the two kids were taken to the hospital.

Deputies tell us Caleb Cobb was watching the children and their mother came home to find them hurt.

Brandon Burchum, the father of the boys, tells us one of the boys is 1-year-old and the other is 2-years-old. Family members say both were taken to Vanderbilt in Nashville.

They say the two-year-old is stable, and being moved to a regular hospital room. He has a brain bleed, but is expected to recover.

The father tells 14 News the child has been talking.

We are also told by the father the two-year-old will have to wear a neck brace after new trauma was found in the spine area. Surgery will not be needed though.

As for the one-year-old, the father says he has a severe brain bleed and a neurologist is keeping a close eye on him. They say he also has a broken jaw.

According to father, the one-year-old was moved to a regular hospital room and the breathing tube has been removed.

Burchum tells 14 News he was scared when he first got the call about his two sons.

“Are they going to be okay? Are they dead? I didn’t know anything," says Burchum. "All I knew was that they were going to be life flighted... I was just scared beyond imagination.”

Deputies tell us Cobb was taken into custody in connection with the investigation early Friday. According to deputies, he was found hiding in a field off Farmers Crossing Road in White Plains.

They say he’ll face two assault charges and a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

Deputies say he also had another outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Since 2015, Cobb has been booked into the Hopkins County Jail three other times. This time, the Hopkins County Jail says he is being held with a $500,000 in cash bond.

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