published Monday, June 6th, 2011

Chattanooga Police Department reports two men charged with child abuse

The Chattanooga Police Department has reported that two men have been charged with child abuse in two separate cases.

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    Dustin James McCord, 22, was charged with aggravated child abuse after what police termed was an incident of shaken baby syndrome. A release from the police department said they had been contacted by staff at Erlanger hospital who said “a 5-month-old baby had been brought in suffering from a seizure and exhibiting past and present shaken-baby symptoms.”

Dustin James McCord, 22, was charged with aggravated child abuse after what police termed was an incident of shaken baby syndrome.

A release from the police department said they had been contacted by staff at Erlanger hospital who said “a 5-month-old baby had been brought in suffering from a seizure and exhibiting past and present shaken-baby symptoms.”

Police said the baby’s mother said she had left infant with McCord and had gone next door.

Police said McCord had come over about five minutes afterwards with the child asking for help.

The infant was then taken to the hospital.

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    Michael Childers, 28, was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.
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In the second case, Michael Childers, 28, was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, police said.

The police department reported that a 7-year-old boy had been exposed to pornographic material by a stranger in a bathroom stall at 2020 Gunbarrel Road in East Brainerd.

Police said in a release the youngster had told his father who had then confronted the suspect about what had allegedly occurred.

The father called police and detained the suspect until they arrived, the police department said in the release.

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JoeHill said...

2020 Gunbarrel Rd is the address for a shopping plaza anchored by Wal-Mart. What is more important--protecting other families from experiencing this or the identity of the store involved for the sake of its profit?

June 6, 2011 at 5:13 a.m.
moon4kat said...

I'd agree with JoeHill if there was any evidence of merchant negligence or complicity. Unless the store is inviting such conduct (highly unlikely), naming it serves no purpose, especially as the suspected pervert has been arrested. The same kind of episode could probably happen in any public restroom.

June 6, 2011 at 8:54 a.m.
slimjim300 said...

that childers guy looks like the posterboy for perverts everywhere. you know.. look up the word 'pervert' in the dictionary and that is the picture your likely to find. in this case you really can judge a book by its cover.

June 6, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.
Rivieravol said...

Well boys, enjoy your time in prison. Prisoners don't like perverts or molesters.

June 6, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

good gosh, mr. hill...you've got to be kidding. you've got some kind of beef with wal-mart?

this could've happened in any place.

June 6, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.
Legend said...

Whatever happened to "innocent until proven otherwise guilty?" Or is that phrase reserved only for public servants such as cops, firemen, EMTS?

Both stories are too vague and leave out far too much for everyone responding to come to a conclusion of guilt.

"shaken baby syndrome" has become a loosely used term for almost anytime someone takes a child to the emergency room with an injury or seemingly having a seizure of some kind.

What's "pornographic" material is left up to the minds and imaginations of the beholder. Some individuals would consider pictures of women in bathing suits from Sports Illustrated "porn." After all, you all are in the "bible belt." Where divorce rates are high along with domestic violence, meth users and the like rule the day, and the terms "morals", "values" and "law-abiding" are words used to impress the neighbors.

Another media outlet stated the alleged incident took place in a sporting goods store.

June 7, 2011 at 7:48 a.m.
Momus said...

L4F wrote in another forum: "I am so proud he has exposed Weiner, I wish he would release the more explicit picture."

June 7, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
Legend said...

"As for you putting down the "bible belt," hey, at least we have standards"

Lib4 I wasn't "putting down" anything. I was just exposing the hypocrisy. As in "Bible Belt" in words only. Not in practice.

June 7, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.
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