Burglary spree bust leads to horrific child abuse case

By: Mario Boone Email
By: Mario Boone Email

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rogersville police say it's an horrific case of child abuse. A 1-year-old girl with burns, bruises, and bite marks allegedly inflicted at the hands of her own mother, Bonnie Carroll. "We do know that there's marks all over the body. This one here, this one's pretty bad too," said Detective Charlie Gibson.

Carroll is locked up in Hawkins County. Her lover, Joey Waye, also suspected in the abuse, is locked up in Hamblen County. His arrest in connection with a massive car burglary spree sparked the abuse probe.

The girl's mother denies wrongdoing. "Mama says she left the girl with the boyfriend. He says she fell off the bed," said Gibson.

Carroll is charged with child neglect so far. Waye, a Georgia parole violator, faces unrelated burglary charges in Hamblen County. Both could soon face more serious abuse charges.

Said Gibson, "it shouldn't be, it shouldn't happen to a small child like that."

The girl and her sister have been placed in the custody of their biological father.

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  • by Vickie Location: Monroe,Co on Sep 20, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    What is wrong with these Idiots? For once turn these child abusers and child molesters loose and let the public take care of them, these babies/children that are abused did'nt ask to be brought into this world for them to be put thru torture, and God knows what else.We could never imagine what these babies/children have gone thru in their early life, and at the time have no one to protect them.God only knows how many babies/children has to go thru this horrible life daily and has no one to turn to,this really needs to be left up to the public on what kind of action should be taken upon these idiots,because when they go thru the justice system,seems to me like nothing is or has been accomplished as in punishments. I understand they have to go by laws, BUT-why is it that we still continue to see or hear of this daily?
  • by Angela Location: Knoxville on Sep 18, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    How does a child get burns and bite marks from falling off a bed. Does this woman think people are that stupid. I swear they need to take these people that abuse their kids and do to them what they do to the kids and then some. Also all child abusers should be fixed so they can not have any more kids to abuse and never get their kids back.
  • by moley Location: hawkins co on Sep 17, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    this girls mother has been burt from chin down when she was a child and shes gonna let someone do it on purpose! LOW and shameful!!
  • by Reaper Location: Mainline on Sep 16, 2010 at 09:39 PM
    This is sick...I spit my snuff out. Low lifes!
  • by Kathy Location: Morristown on Sep 16, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    Anyone that would harm a child needs to be locked up forever.This is so wrong. What is wrong with these people?


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