Charges against pair for abuse on to grand jury

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A 12-member grand jury panel will now hear evidence against two individuals for the alleged abuse of a two-year-old boy.

Bullitt District Judge Rebecca Ward directed both cases to the grand jury following probable cause hearings on Monday afternoon.

Courtney McConnell, 25, and Phillip Wolfe, 27, have both been charged with criminal abuse. Wolfe also faces the charge of assault.

According to information provided by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, the mother took her toddler to Kosair Children’s Hospital, where he had bruises on all parts of his body.

McConnell was charged later that week for the criminal abuse charge.

The next week, her boyfriend, Wolfe, was charged from criminal abuse and assault.

Det. Scotty McGaha of the sheriff’s department would not speculate on how the boy got his injuries and which of the individuals may have been responsible.

The youngster has since been released from the hospital and is in the care of family members.

Wolfe remains in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

Attorney John Cook requested a bond reduction for McConnell since she has no criminal record.

He said there is family support and a $100,000 bond for a Class C felony might not be appropriate.

Cook said his client would agree to any type of home incarceration.

Assistant county attorney Shelly Alvey said that while there is no criminal history, she would oppose any reduction in the bond.

He expects to add the charge of assault to McConnell at some point.

After the judge sees some of the evidence, Alvey suggested Ward might want to increase the bond.

Ward allowed the current $100,000 cash bond to remain.

If either of the defendants make bond, they are to have no contact with each other, the victim or anyone under 16 years of age.