The parents of an infant child have been charged with aggravated child abuse or neglect after methamphetamine was discovered in their child’s system, according to a Cleveland Police Department news release.
Cleveland residents Nichols ODonnell, the father and Brittany Newman, the mother, tested positive for methamphetamine.
They are being held at the Bradley County Justice Center on $75,000 bond, the news release said.
The Department of Children’s Services and Cleveland police began a joint investigation after they were called to the Crown Inn Motel on South Lee Highway to check on the welfare of a two-month old child on January 4.
ODonnell and Newman tested positive for meth during the initial investigation and DCS workers noticed “a large bruise” on the child’s head.
The baby was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.
The Bradley County Grandy Jury issued indictments against ODonnell and Newman last Wednesday.
Anyone with information regarding this child or these parents is urged to contact Cleveland Police Department detective Daniel Gibbs at 423-559-3393.