Life sentence possible in child abuse case
A Pikeville man was indicted this week by a Pike grand jury for his alleged role in a child abuse case, and faces a charge which could potentially lead to a life sentence if he’s convicted.
Jerry L. Maynard, 33, Betty Maynard, 26, and Kylene M. Anderson, 25, all of Town Mountain Road were each indicted on a two-count charge of first-degree criminal abuse, a class C felony which carries a prison sentence of between five and 10 years. However, Jerry Maynard, court documents show, was also indicted on charges of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree (two counts) and first-degree wanton endangerment charges.
The persistent felony offender charges, court documents show, are linked to Jerry Maynard’s extensive criminal history, which includes convictions on charges criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft and possession of a controlled substance in Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence and Martin counties.
One of the persistent felony offender charges, the documents show, is a class A felony, which is punishable by between 20 years and 50 years in prison.
The charges are linked to an investigation by the Pikeville Police Department launched earlier this month.
Officers, according to court documents, found that a 2-year-old girl — Anderson’s daughter, who lived in a residence with Anderson and Betty Maynard and Jerry Maynard — had been “severely physically abused.”
Pikeville Police Officer Tommy Fouts wrote in court documents that the child had bruises on her face “which were very dark,” along with bruises on her arms, legs and buttocks. Fouts wrote that the child also appeared to be very hungry when taken into protective custody.
“… (The child) ate so much so fast that she threw up,” Fouts wrote.
Fouts wrote that Anderson said all three adults in the residence “spank the child every day,” including hitting the child on the buttocks with a wooden paddle and slapping the child in the face with their hands.
According to the warrant against Jerry Maynard, on Nov. 10, in addition to using a wooden paddle on the child and slapping the child in the face, he struck Anderson in the face while she was holding the child, placing the child in imminent danger of serious physical injury.
The abuse of the child, the indictment shows, occurred between November 2018 and this month, and the documents indicate a second child was also a victim of the abuse.
Anderson and Betty Maynard were arrested Nov. 10, while Jerry Maynard was arrested Nov. 15. Court records show both Anderson and Jerry Maynard remained lodged in the jail as of presstime this week.