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3-year-old Killed by Grandmother after Severe Abuse in Tennessee just after Christmas; Finally Charged

3-year-old Killed by Grandmother after Severe Abuse in Tennessee just after Christmas; Finally Charged

Court records show that a grandma and grandfather from West Tennessee have been charged with the premeditated murder of their 3-year-old grandson.

People in Hardin County say that Amy Brasher, 64, of Saltillo, killed Carson Brasher on December 26. She is charged with first-degree murder and severe child abuse.

Jeff Brasher, the woman’s husband, was charged with felony child abuse and neglect on March 25. USA TODAY received papers from the Hardin County Circuit Court that show this.

Court records show that the couple was arrested on March 26, three months after Carson’s death and one day after the case was brought to the attention of a Hardin County grand jury.

The couple is from Saltillo, a small town in Hardin County that sits on the Tennessee River on the left bank. It is about halfway between Memphis and Nashville.

Authorities did not say why the person was killed.

It wasn’t clear right away how the child died, but WKRN-TV reported that court papers show Carson was found at the couple’s home not responding before he was pronounced dead.

As Kimberly Jones, Carson’s mother, told the news source, the Brashers had legal custody of her son while she was in rehab. She said she had been told that Carson “slipped in the bathtub and hit his head” while he was with his grandmother.

Neal Thompson, who is the district attorney for Hardin County, and Johnny Alexander, who is the sheriff for Hardin County and was in charge of the arrest, did not answer their phones or texts on Monday.

In two different indictments, it is said that Amy Brasher abused Carson and planned to kill him, while her husband failed to protect him from abuse and neglect.

Meghan Pigg, the boy’s 27-year-old aunt, told USA TODAY on Monday that Carson’s family was sad about his death.

According to Pigg, Carson loved playing outside, which “showed his curiosity and zest for life.” She wrote this on a fundraising page she made to help pay for her nephew’s headstone.

A Hardin County jail spokeswoman told USA TODAY that Amy Brasher stayed in jail on Tuesday on a $500,000 bond. On April 1, her husband put up a $100,000 bail.

The assistant district attorney for Hardin County who is in charge of their cases told USA TODAY that both suspects will be formally charged on April 15.

It wasn’t clear right away if either defendant had hired a lawyer, and neither could be reached because their home or phone number wasn’t listed in online court records.

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