Crime

Berea couple indicted on child-abuse charges turn themselves in

A Berea couple who were indicted last week on charges of first-degree criminal abuse of a 2-year-old child turned themselves in Tuesday afternoon.

John Franklin Breedlove, 27, and Samantha Christine Boyd, 24, were booked into the Madison County Detention Center at about 1:20 p.m. Each was being held on $10,000 cash bond, said Capt. Cory Dunning, who works at the jail.

The indictment says the two intentionally subjected the child to torture or cruel punishment.

Breedlove was also charged with being a persistent felony offender, which would enhance the criminal abuse charge against him to a Class B felony.

Criminal abuse is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison; a Class B felony is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

Boyd was a pre-trial officer in Fayette County before she verbally resigned that position on Dec. 18, according to a spokeswoman for the state Administrative Office of the Courts. The AOC received a formal letter of resignation Jan. 3.

Breedlove pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal abuse in 2003, according to Madison County court records. At that time, a judge ordered him to complete 12 months of inpatient treatment, and he was ordered not to be alone with children under the age of 14.

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