HarrellUPDATE: HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/17/19) — A woman charged in connection to a child abuse investigation in Earlington was booked into Hopkins County Jail this weekend.

According to the jail website, Hannah Harrell, 21, is being held on $250,000 cash bond following charges of two counts of second-degree criminal abuse involving her two small children reported severely injured Aug. 8 at an Earlington apartment building. Caleb Cobb, 25, was previously charged Aug. 9 on two counts of first-degree assault in connection to the investigation.

According to radio traffic on the evening of Aug. 8, Harrell had returned home around 6:30 p.m., finding that her toddlers had been severely beaten. Cobb was allegedly in the company of the children at the time of the beatings, and fled from the residence before authorities arrived. The children were taken to a regional hospital for treatment. Sheriff's deputies found Cobb in a field near White Plains the next morning.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday evening Harrell permitted the children to be placed in a situation that resulted in serious injuries. State officials took custody of the children.

A court appearance for Harrell was not listed.

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EARLINGTON, Ky. (8/16/19) — Another arrest has been made in connection to the violent assault of two toddlers at Quail Run Apartments in Earlington.

Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson reported the mother of the children, 21-year-old Hannah Harrell, has been arrested and charged after further investigation.

Harrell was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal abuse (children under 12).

Cobb CalebCaleb A. Cobb, 25, who was living at the residence and reported to be caring for the children during the time they were injured on the evening of Aug. 8, was previously charged Aug. 9 with two counts of first-degree assault.

SurfKY News is working to obtain more information pertaining to the mother's involvement in the alleged crimes. The children were hospitalized for head injuries and were in critical condition Aug. 9.

According to the mother's previous Facebook posts, one of the children was on a ventilator following the alleged beatings. 

"Detective Stratton has worked many long hours on this case involving the abuse of these two small children," the sheriff said. "The investigation has shown that Harrell permitted the children to be abused by placing them in a situation that caused them to be seriously injured."

Sanderson said the children have been released from the hospital and safely placed by the Cabinet for Families and Children.

Second-degree criminal abuse is a Class D felony, according to state statute, and the charge is handed down based on a situation involving a person that allows placement of another in a situation that may cause serious physical harm, torture or cruel punishment.

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