A Lexington couple have been indicted on charges that they abused a 6-month-old child.
A Fayette County grand jury returned indictments against Chaum Lee Kirik, 32, and her husband, Eric Andrew Kirik, 38, on Monday.
Each is charged with a count of first-degree criminal abuse and being a persistent felony offender.
Both are accused of intentionally abusing or allowing abuse of the baby, identified by the initials B.K., in December and January. The Kiriks were being held in the Fayette County Detention Center, each under $10,000 full-cash bonds. Arraignment has been scheduled for March 29 in Fayette Circuit Court.
Fayette District Judge Kim Wilkie found probable cause in February to send the Kirik case to a grand jury.
Police brought charges against the couple in late January after the state took custody of three children, ages 6 months, 18 months and 2.
Lexington police detective James S. Root testified in district court that the Kiriks and their children began staying at the Salvation Army just before Christmas. Root said he was called to investigate bruising on the 2-year-old's face.
Hospital examinations determined that the 2-year-old and the 18-month-old were malnourished, and the 18-month-old and 6-month-old had broken bones, Root said. He said the injury to the 2-year-old did not rise to the level of criminal abuse, and the 18-month-old's broken bones were healing.
Root said Chaum and Eric Kirik were charged by police with first-degree criminal abuse because of a "buckle fracture" in one of the 6-month-old's femurs. The injury would have occurred by someone pulling the child's leg and twisting it, he said.
Chaum Kirik told Root that Eric Kirik primarily took care of the 6-month-old and that she didn't know who had hurt the child, the detective said. Eric Kirik told police he and his wife were drug addicts, Root said.
According to the indictment, Chaum Kirik was convicted of complicity to second-degree burglary in Madison Circuit Court in August 2006. Eric Kirik was convicted of first-degree criminal abuse in Kenton Circuit Court in July 2003, according to the indictment.
In the February district court hearing, Wilkie read an account of Eric Kirik's criminal history, which also listed legal troubles in Florid. Charges against Eric Kirik included parental abuse, burglary, grand theft and escape, according to the judge.