Crimetracker: Walland man charged with aggravated child abuse


WALLAND, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Naomi is the light of her mom November Gregory's life:

"She was borth September 10th, she weighs 10 pounds and eight ounces now," said November Gregory.

November has been married to Naomi's dad, Jami Gregory, for six months. On Friday, she left Naomi with him while she went to pick up his son from school in Harriman.

"It's a long drive to Harriman and I didn't want to take her because the last time I took her she cried the whole way," she said.

When she got home, she took Naomi to her sister's house, where they noticed a scratch and small bruise on the girl's head. When November changed her diaper she found something much worse.

"That's when I saw the bruise on her stomach," she said.

November's sister confronted Jami Gregory.

"He kept telling us he didn't know what we were talking about and slammed the door in our face. Then we went home and put her in the car and we went to the hospital," said Nancy Walker, November's sister.

November said her husband later opened up to Blount County deputies about what caused the bruises:

"He said that she was in her bouncy, she was unstrapped. I guess he got frustrated at her and hit the back of it. She flew out and hit a toy on her stomach," she said.

This isn't the first time Gregory has been in trouble for child abuse. He pleaded guilty to aggravated child abuse in 2009, where he slapped a six-week-old infant so hard it left a bruise shaped like his hand. But November said she doesn't think it was really his fault.

November said she's glad her daughter is okay, and says she's not sure if she'll stay with her husband.

"He needs to get some help and I'll go from there. But I really don't know yet," she said.

A judge ordered Jami Gregory to complete counseling for the previous child abuse plea deal, along with anger management and parenting classes.

Gregory remains in jail on $150,000 bond. He's due in court on Monday.

In 2011, Gregory and his ex-wife, Crystal, were charged with negligent homicide in the death of their 14-month-old son. The baby was reportedly left unattended in a bathtub and drowned. That case was dismissed this May.


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