Grapeland man, woman accept plea bargain deals for injuring baby

Grapeland man, woman accept plea bargain deals for injuring baby

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man and woman from Grapeland will be serving different types of supervised release programs after they both accepted plea bargain deals for a case in which a 2-month-old child was thrown from a bed and injured back in January.

Kelly Jean Knight, 26, and Ryan Keith Minchew, 31, appeared in a Houston County courtroom for a plea hearing last week. As part of their plea bargain deals, they each pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony injury to a child charge.

Knight will be serving five years of probation.

Minchew received a one-year pre-trial diversion. The pre-trial diversion basically means there was no conviction in the case, and Minchew will voluntarily abide by conditions like those given to people serving probation. If Minchew gets in trouble with the law again during the one-year period, he will be re-indicted, and the judge will issue a sentence for the injury to a child charge.

According to an arrest affidavit, an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Plum Street to investigate the well-being of a two-month-old child.

The parents were requested to take the baby to the hospital after a report of the child falling and acting lethargic, the affidavit stated. During the investigation, police determined Minchew had thrown the baby from the bed to the floor,

The affidavit states Minchew and Knight did not seek medical treatment for the baby.

Child Protective Services spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said back in January they had taken custody of the child and placed him with a relative. He is doing "well," she said.

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