Parents Arrested in Child Abuse Case in Prestonsburg, Ky.

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two people are facing charges in a child abuse case in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

Prestonsburg Police tell WSAZ.com they arrested two parents last week.

The arrests came after officers were notified about the possible abuse of multiple children.

Detective Adam Dixon says, "We received a complaint from the school here in town, Prestonsburg Elementary, which they had already contacted social services regarding allegations of possible child abuse."

Assistant Chief Brian Hall tells WASZ.com based on an investigation by social services, they felt they had enough evidence to arrest the parents.

Hall says they are not able to release the suspects' names due to the case involving children.

Dixon says they obtained warrants for first degree criminal abuse.

The couple was arrested at their place of business in the Prestonsburg Village Shopping Center. "The arrests were made at a business here in town, OP Nails," says Dixon.

Dixon says, "Anytime it deals with a child being abused it is a very serious matter and it is our obligation to investigate it very thoroughly and to protect the children at all cost."

Officers say the children are safe and were placed in emergency protective custody.

Police say this is both a developing and sensitive case which is why not very much information is being released.

Our sister station WYMT received the following statement from one of the owners of the nail salon: "We are deeply troubled by this unfortunate turn of events and greatly saddened by the separation of our family. Restoring our family is of the utmost importance and we have been advised by pending counsel to decline comment until this matter is addressed in a court of law. We welcome a thorough investigation and we are confident that the facts of this case will be revealed and the criminal charges will be resolved."


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