published Friday, November 18th, 2011

Chattanooga: Charges against man accused of beating girlfriend’s children sent to grand jury

The Hamilton County grand jury will hear charges that a 34-year-old Chattanooga man beat four children so severely he broke bones and caused internal injuries.

Child victims in the incident told police that James Lee Skiles would punch 2-year-old twins and a 7-year-old child in their bodies for bedwetting during nap time, according to court documents.

Hamilton County Assistant District Public Defender Alan Dunn waived Skiles’ preliminary hearing before Sessions Court Judge Ronald Durby Friday morning. Durby sent the case to the grand jury for a possible indictment on three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect and one count of child abuse and neglect.

Skiles is being held in the Hamilton County Jail on a $2 million bond.

Melissa Pinion left her six children with boyfriend Skiles on Nov. 12. When she returned to her 4905 Jeffery Lane residence in Emma Wheeler homes, the mother found her twins covered in bruises, one with a swollen leg.

Police found Pinion’s 7- and 10-year old bruised children at a nearby house.

Erlanger Children’s Hospital staff found that one of the twins had a fractured femur and broken rib. The other twin had rib fractures and a perforated bowel, which required emergency surgery.

A next-door neighbor told the Times Free Press that she had called police on multiple occasions to report the abuse, according to newspaper archives.

For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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reallytruly said...

I'm sick of these people abusing our youth. Stories are endless, people putting their kids in dog cages, Penn State BS, etc.....There will be a special place in HELL for these folks.

AS A SOCIETY, we need to put a stop to this CRAP. YOU HURT a CHILD, you get a 100 lashes with a leather scrap in public or something radical.

November 18, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

What did the mother know and when did she know it? If the neighbor knew, the mother must have known something. Why didn't the police take action on this man, and the mother too until things could be sorted out, on any of those numerous occasions the police were called on behalf of these children?

Here's another sad tragedy that will make you want to weep forever. Everybody knew something, but no one took any action? Precious Nubia.

"Long before Nubia Barahona’s death became another foster care horror story, teachers at her elementary school were disturbed by her appearance and strange behavior."

Miami-Dade prosecutors on Thursday released hundreds of documents in connection with Nubia’s death, allegedly at the hands of the foster parents who became her adoptive parents. The documents included statements from teachers and school staffers who were concerned about the girl hoarding food and arriving at school smelly and unkempt in the years before her slaying this past February."

November 18, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.
mymy said...

The mother and those that did not speak up/do something are as guilty!

November 18, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.
westie79 said...

I can only imagine what the girlfriend looks like after seeing Stiles. The word 'cracker' comes to mind. And she's a baby factory to boot. Squeezes one out with every man she meets @ closing time. County gets to pay for them now & in the future when they are shopped out to foster homes only to be molested by the foster parents. What a system. Maybe a spraying of some neighbor hoods, esp. trailer parks, with an anti-fertility drug would cut down on these cretins. Or put him/her in an airtight room and let them use up their existing air. Then they wouldn't waste it for the rest of us.

November 18, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
tlstaz6543 said...

Not to dimiss his wrongdoing but a 15 yr old posts porn on a school website and gets charged with a felony......this scumbag will probably get a slap on the wrist and released way sooner than he ever should...which is never. He'll be released and mommy dearest will probably take him right back if she let him stay in the first place having had to know this was happening. As for the police...all they can do is arrest them, charge them and testify....they can't keep them locked up...that's the judges duty.

One thing is for sure....whether he is punished here or not, he'll have his day before the ultimate Judge someday and will burn in hell for eternity.

God bless those kids and their future.

November 18, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.
jesse said...

the cops have busted him on 14 charges since 1995!

the att.gen. and the court system keeps putting him back on the street!

now according to flutie that all because of guidelines for sentencing from the state leg.the prosecutor and judge have no say about it.

if thats so then why bother to put them in jail to start with!

of course i think flutie is ether a prosecutor or defense lawyer his self and if he has to actualy try a case then he has to work at it!!he never shows his face on here till someone starts bad mouthing lawyers and judges!!

November 18, 2011 at 12:50 p.m.
blessedwith2 said...

My prayer is Judge Buddy Perry does't get this case....He will not do a darn thing...He is from "good ole boy" time... He thinks women should stay with abusive men and take it. This man and Buddy Perry will both be judged by God! All I have to say is they both better like it hot.

November 18, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
rolando said...

Five will get you ten he is 5'6" or under and has either an undersized penis or an undescended testicle.

In my experience, those are the kinds of guys who routinely beat women and children.

November 18, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.
shen said...

jesse said... the cops have busted him on 14 charges since 1995!

But they weren't all child abuse charges. Still no one has said why he wasn't arrested for child abuse, along with the girlfriend, during one of those numerous times the neighbor called to report he was beating the children. There's no way the mother didn't know something.

There's only one other charge of child abuse and neglect dating back to 2000. Which he was sentenced in 2001:


Although there were other arrests made after the above, none were related to child abuse or neglect. So why wasn't he arrested on one or more of those occasions the neighbor called?

November 18, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.
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