Mother indicted after injuries suffered by son

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By Thomas Barr

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A mother has been indicted on allegations that she allowed her child to be abused or actually caused the abuse herself.

Ashley N. Sneed, 20, was indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on the charge of criminal abuse in the first degree.

This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

According to the indictment, on Dec. 17, 2010, her 2-year-old son was taken to the emergency room of Jewish Hospital Medical Center South by the boy’s father.

Upon arrival, the boy reportedly had bruises that were inconsistent with the mother’s story that he fell on the ice.

After several days in Kosair Children’s Hospital, the boy was released.

Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department said that when the story did not match the injuries described by doctors, an investigation was started. 

No trial date has been set.

Also indicted was Jenny L. Countzler, 30, of Mount Washington.

According to the indictment, she was charged with sodomy and rape in the third degree. Each is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

She was charged for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a boy 14 years of age on Dec. 10, 2010.

McGaha said the defendant, who is still in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond, was concerned that her boyfriend was not paying enough attention to her.

An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that at least nine of the 12 jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.