Three Buchanan residents accused of child and animal abuse were among the 38 defendants indicted Monday by a Henry County grand jury.
All defendants are scheduled to appear Nov. 18 for arraignment in Henry County Circuit Court. Although arraignment generally takes place the Monday following the meeting of the grand jury, that session has been rescheduled because of COVID-19 issues.
In the child and animal abuse case, Thomas Jefferson Brown, 46, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child abuse, endangerment or neglect, child abuse or neglect, child endangerment, manufacture of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a deadly weapon and cruelty to animals.
Heather Scarbrough, 42, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child abuse, neglect or endangerment, child abuse or neglect, child endangerment, manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and cruelty to animals.
Charles Edward Brown, 83, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child abuse or neglect, child abuse or neglect, manufacture of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, unlawful possession of a weapon and cruelty to animals.
All three of these defendants live at 2465 Dale Cemetery Road in Buchanan.
The charges against the three stem from an animal cruelty complaint received by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department in June.
Officers found not only multiple animals being kept in unsanitary conditions with no food or fresh water, but also discovered Thomas Brown’s and Scarbrough’s 18-month-old child being kept inside a dog cage in the single wide trailer.
Charles Brown owned the trailer and lived there with his son, Thomas, and Scarbrough.
Also during the grand jury session, a “no true bill” was returned on one charge against a defendant. This means that the grand jury did not find enough evidence to support an indictment.
In this case, Michael Anthony Tharpe, 49, address unknown, had been charged with burglary from a vehicle, coercion of a witness and retaliation of past action.
The grand jury deemed coercion of a witness as a “no true bill,” but Tharpe was indicted on the burglary and retaliation charges.
Defendants indicted on assault and drug charges appear in a separate story in today’s Post-Intelligencer.
Other defendants who were indicted Monday — listed with age, last known address and charges — include:
• Eric Jamond Henry, 31, 206 Wynn St., Paris — three counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated rape.
• Kristen Danielle Warren, 37, 110 Russwood Drive, Springville — three counts of aggravated kidnapping, criminal responsibility for the action of another, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated rape, domestic assault.
• Brandon Lee Gream, 39, 403 Park St., Apt. B, Paris — violation of the sexual offender registry, violation of residential restrictions.
• Storm Chance Davis, 21, McKenzie — aggravated burglary and three counts of theft.
• Christian Kelly Grifis, 23, Trenton — burglary and theft.
• Donald Lee Hughes, 52, 243 Woodland Drive, Springville — theft.
• Jerry Allen Johnson, 56, 110 Walnut Drive, Springville — theft.
• Dana Leeanne Lowry, 39, 1011 Dunlap St., Paris — theft.
• Gary Alan Medlock, 47, 122 Brooks St., Paris — burglary and theft.
• David Allen Perry, 42, 105 Dunlap St., Paris — aggravated burglary.
• Sandy Wood, 49, Dexter, Ky. — aggravated burglary.