Grand Jury re-indicts pair accused of child cruelty

Patrick Yost News

A Morgan County couple originally indicted in December, 2017 on cruelty to children charges in relation, in part, to head injuries sustained on their then 9-week-old son on July 1, 2017 has been re-indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury. Andrew Grady Carson, 31, Madison was re-indicted on six counts of cruelty in the first degree, one count cruelty to children in the second degree and three counts aggravated battery. His wife, Rebecca Mosley Carson, 27, Madison was re-indicted on five counts cruelty to children in the first degree and one count cruelty to children in the second degree.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, authorities began an investigation on injuries the male child of the couple sustained at the couple’s Bostwick Road residence. Investigators said Andrew Carson told them that he had the child in a bassinet on a rolling cart while he was cleaning the garage when an electrical cord got tangled in the cart wheels and caused the cart to topple over with the child striking its head on a concrete floor.

Emergency services were called to the house the next morning, investigators said. According to Assistant District Attorney Jeff Burks the child remains on some level of life support and is in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

Initially Carson was indicted by a Morgan County Grand Jury on four counts of cruelty to children and one count cruelty in the first degree. Rebecca Carson was initially indicted on three counts of cruelty to children in the second degree.

The new indictments address charges of brain and eye injuries that allegedly occurred the night of the incident and, on three counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, also addresses “multiple healing fractures” on the child to its legs, arms and ribs.

Attorney Foss Hodges, representing Andrew Carson, said in an email statement that “As we said in December of last year, Andrew and Becca Carson are innocent.  They love their children and would never do anything to hurt them.  The case was re-indicted because the State and the Court acknowledged that there were errors in the original indictment.  The evidence has not changed – it still shows that Andrew and Becca have done nothing wrong.  And we continue working hard to demonstrate the truth in the case.”

Madison-based attorney Brad Evans is representing Rebecca Carson.

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