MOUNT WASHINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A Bullitt County mother charged with causing serious injuries to her two-year-old son was in court Tuesday. Ashley Sneed, 20 pleaded not guilty.
A relative of Sneed, who didn't want to appear on camera, told us her daughter was staying with her in Mount Washington. She says she had no idea her two-year-old grandson was being abused.
Hugo Mueller lives across the street from where Sneed and her son lived. Like other neighbors on the quiet Bullitt County street, he's upset by disturbing images of child abuse.
"Across the street, that really hits you," Mueller said. "I didn't think anything like that would happen around here."
Sneed was charged with criminal abuse after the toddler was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital after his biological father noticed big bruises covering his son's back and legs and private areas.
"They have substantiated that the child was beaten with an object," said Detective Scotty McGaha with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.
McGaha says Sneed claims another man was babysitting the child. He says as the investigation continues, someone else could also be charged.
Judge Jennifer Porter is not taking this child abuse case lightly.
"Due to the seriousness of the charge, and the potential danger not only to the victim but also to the community, today the court is going to set a $500,000 full cash bond," Porter said. "There's to be no contact with the victim," Judge Porter said.
Officials say the boy is recovering and Child Protective Services has removed him from the home.