Three people from Jackson County were indicted Tuesday on charges that they starved a 5-year-old.
Hazel Jackson, 47, and Dennis Rumberger, 50, both of Sand Gap, were arrested July 20 and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and first-degree criminal abuse after police said the couple had locked the child in a room and purposely starved him.
Jackson is the child's grandmother, and Rumberger is Jackson's boyfriend.
The child's mother, Cassondra Jackson, 28, was indicted on a charge of first-degree complicity criminal abuse.
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All three are being held in the Jackson County jail. Hazel Jackson and Rumberger were each held on $50,000 cash bond. Cassondra Jackson was being held on $25,000 cash bond.
On June 27, police began investigating an anonymous complaint from social services that the child's 6-year-old stepbrother was being malnourished, state police spokesman Christopher Lanham said.
On the same day police began their investigation, Lanham said, Hazel Jackson took the 5-year-old to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was admitted.
"I think once she heard about the investigation, she got scared and took the 5-year-old in," Lanham told the Herald—Leader in July.
Police determined that the 5-year-old, not the 6-year-old, was the victim. The 5-year-old was hospitalized June 27 to July 20.
The 5-year-old had gone to live with the grandmother after his father was put in jail and his mother lost custody.