Police will seek to have two teens tried as adults in a case in which they are accused of assaulting their 2-month-old son.
Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird said Friday that he would ask the prosecutor to seek adult certification for the parents, who are 15 and 16.
The two, from the Evarts area, have been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree criminal abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor. Police have not released their names because they are juveniles.
The two took the infant to Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital on Tuesday with a swollen leg.
The pediatrician noticed problems and discovered the boy had a spiral break in one femur, indicating the leg had been twisted, Lipfird said.
The hospital notified police, and a detective in Lipfird's office began an investigation.
The baby, who was later transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, also was diagnosed with two broken collarbones and three broken ribs, Lipfird said.
He was placed in a body cast, Lipfird said.
Police charged the parents Wednesday after they gave seven or eight different stories about what had happened to the baby, Lipfird said.
The two are being held in a juvenile facility in Breathitt County.