published Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Beating of children not the 1st time, neighbor says

by Naomi Jagoda

Jameika Green said she has called police on multiple occasions to report that the man next door was abusing his girlfriend's children.

On Saturday, police arrested James Lee Skiles, 34, on three counts of aggravated child abuse or neglect and one count of child abuse and neglect, after he was accused of beating four children. He is set to appear in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on Friday.

"This ain't the first, the second, the third, the fourth or the fifth [time]," Green said. "No one should have to go through that."

On Friday, Chattanooga police went to 4905 Jeffery Lane in the Emma Wheeler Homes public housing development in response to a call about possible abuse.

Melissa Pinion told officers that she left her six children with Skiles, her boyfriend, and when she returned home, she found her 2-year-old twins covered in bruises and one with a swollen leg, according to the arrest report.

Police also found a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old at the house with bruises, and they told officers that Skiles hit them with his fist, the arrest report stated.

The four injured children were taken to Erlanger Children's Hospital to be treated and the twins were admitted, police said.

Hospital staff told police that one of the twins had a fractured femur, broken rib and bruising on most of her body. The other had rib fractures, bruising on his abdomen and back and a perforated bowel that required emergency surgery, the arrest report said.

The 7-year-old and the 10-year-old were examined in the emergency room for minor bruising, the report said.

At the hospital, police spoke to the victims' 13-year-old sister, who said that, when she came home from school, she saw the 2-year-olds and the 7-year-old standing, facing the wall, with their arms above their heads. Whenever they put their hands down, Skiles would punch them on their bodies, the report said.

She told police that she saw Skiles hit them about five times.

The 13-year-old asked Skiles why he was hitting them and he said that the twins had wet the bed during naptime and the 7-year-old got into trouble at school, the report said.

When Skiles' friend came over, he told the children to go upstairs. One of the 2-year-olds began throwing up, and Skiles told the 13-year-old to tell her mother to take him to the doctor, the report stated.

Green said she has visited the children at the hospital twice.

"They're still trying to pull themselves together," she said.

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cannonball said...

Surely this punk will get some jail time and not be out on the streets to hurt children again. JUDGE: Please do your job.

November 16, 2011 at 7:35 a.m.
ChattanoogaVol said...

Talk about a piece of trash. This guy is a waste of a human.

November 16, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
sla2010 said...

maybe when he gets put in jail, his cell mate will give him a dose of the same!

November 16, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
walther said...

Follow the police paper trail (if there is one) to find out why appropriate action was not taken. Maybe this should also be considered a police/DHS scandal for a media field day.

November 16, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
cbarney4 said...

Yes he needs a dose of his own punishment from someone bigger than he is! Poor, Poor kids! Did the mother know they were being beaten by this man?

November 16, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
jesse said...

since 1995 he has been in crim.ct on 14 cases for everything from child abuse to drugs,theft,assault and p.d.!

has appeared before meyers,poole and bevil!

maybe THIS time is the one where he get some serious HARD time w. no slack!!

November 16, 2011 at 9:36 a.m.
jesse said...


why don't you drop by the jail and give him A GREAT OLE BIG HUG!

that would prob.strighten him right up and he could go back home and be a pillar of the hood!!

November 16, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
tlstaz6543 said...
<p>@Sanagree.....I wondered the same thing. If the police have been called to this residence this many times, how could the mother not know these kids were being abused by this low life? The kids do not need to be returned to that house until a complete investigation is done and possible counseling to both the mom (on how to protect your kids) and to those kids.

And why would the kids even still be there after that many reports anyway.....someone didn't do their job....several someones.

November 16, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

I hope he gets a cellmate who will just "love him to death"!

November 16, 2011 at 11:13 a.m.
lt58 said...

This is just ridiculous that this could go so far when so many have reported him. I also read that he had outstanding warrants so if the officers were doing their job in the first place then he wouldn't have been in the home to hurt those innocent children in the first place.

November 16, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
tngreatdane said...

Clearly the mother had to have known this man was abusing her children, she'd called the police on multiple occasions for the same abuse, and yet she still left them alone in his care?! She should be prosecuted as well for allowing it. As their mother, she should have been protecting them! The comment at the end of the article is troubling as well. "She has visited the children at the hospital twice" Um, is it just me, or does it seem very strange that the mother isn't staying at the hospital by her children's side after such horrible abuse. Why is she merely "visiting" them, and not much at that. Isn't this the time to be there for your children more than ever before? I really hope they're not being sent back into her care.

November 16, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

tngreatdane, Calm down. Green is not the mother. She is the neighbor that called the police on multiple occasions about previous abuse. She is visiting the children and should be commended for caring about children that aren't hers. Let's read more carefully before judging...

November 16, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
holdout said...

Walther he has been in court 14 times since 1995. The Police can only arrest him. Over and over and over. What else would you have them do?

November 16, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
Haiku said...

Was Skiles arrested during any of those prior calls? If not, why not? After all, people get arrested in this town for running a stop sign, but this plague on society was not arrested during the numerous times police were call? And since this all took place on public housing property, people can lose their lease and get evicted for someone else throwing paper in their yard, or someone they dont' even know getting into a fight in their yard. Several calls and not even the housing authority took action against the mother or the boyfriend? Something is wrong with this picture. Like either one or both of these two might have been informants or something.

November 16, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.

There's just something about that crazy-eyed stare that makes you want to trust him with your kids.

November 16, 2011 at 2:40 p.m.
ExecAsst said...

First of all, I don't see how ANY woman could want to be with this scroungy looking guy. Second, I agree, a woman who lets a scumbag boyfriend beat on her kids (which you KNOW she knew about), should not have custody of them and should be prosecuted herself. These children need to be protected by the Department of Children's Services. A lot of people whine about the legal system's protection of children, that it's not that great, but anything is better than being raised by lowlifes who are beating and abusing you. Would that be better???

November 16, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
skyboxer said...

Take'em outside the courtroom after he's convicted and horsewhip this m'fing piece of worthless trash masquerading as a human being. And then put a bullet in the back of his vermin head....

November 16, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.
ChattaDawg said...

I vote for the Death Penalty...oh I'm sorry..we have to wait until he kills one of the children and watch authority blame each other....Justice

November 16, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
01centare said...

There's so much on the market today to prevent a pregnancy. I can't understand why these women just keep producing baby after baby only to neglect them, abuse them or let someone else in who will only abuse them, then the woman will look the other way just to have that individual in her life. There's another sad case in the news about a Missouri woman who admitted to beating her thirteen month old son to death then dumping his body near a cemetery a mile from her home. She originally lied and said she overslept and when she woke up the baby was gone. People walking their dog found the child's body near the cemetery. Tossed out like a broken doll no longer wanted.

Here's a small peace of the story from yahoo news:

"A suburban St. Louis woman who claimed her 13-month-old son had vanished from his crib was charged Wednesday with murdering him, after prosecutors say she admitted beating him because he wouldn't stop crying.

Shelby Dasher, 20, was arrested less than 16 hours after she reported her son, Tyler, was missing. People walking their dog found Tyler Dasher's body on Tuesday near a cemetery about a mile from his home."

November 16, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
ExecAsst said...

I also saw the articles about the St. Louis woman who killed her 13-month-old. People who abuse children (and animals too in my opinion) are a waste of good oxygen. It ought to be no trial, just straight to the death chamber. Should not be allowed to live.

November 17, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
BravesDave said...

When I looked at his photo I thought it was Ashton Kutcher for a minute.

November 17, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.
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