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Barbourville man arrested after one year old sustains severe head trauma

From the Knox County Ky Sheriff's Department -

On Friday, August 14, 2020 at approximately 11:30 pm Knox County Deputy Bobby Jones was dispatched to the Barbourville ARH reference a one (1) year old child having severe head injuries.


After meeting with emergency room staff and determining the extent of the injuries, Deputy Jones opened an investigation. During his investigation Deputy Jones learned the injuries occurred on or about August 7, 2020.


After Deputy Jones traveled to the residence and interviewed the parents, Deputy Jones arrested the father, Dakota James Kissinger age 18 of Barbourville, KY charging him with Criminal Abuse-1st Degree/child 12 or under.


Dakota Kissinger was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center and being held under a $50,000 cash bond.


A Child Protective Services worker responded and assisted at the residence.

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