"Aggravated" child abuse, in general terms, is defined according to how seriously a child was injured and/or whether a deadly weapon was used. Specifically, aggravated child abuse, according to Tennessee state law, may include abuse of a child:
- Resulting in serious bodily harm (such as "burns, a fracture of any bone, a concussion, subdural or subarachnoid bleeding, retinal hemorrhage, cerebral edema, brain contusion, injuries to the skin that involve severe bruising or the likelihood of permanent or protracted disfigurement")
- Occurring with use of a "deadly weapon, dangerous instrumentality or controlled substance"
- Done in a "heinous, atrocious or cruel" way, or involving "the infliction of torture"
In most cases, aggravated child abuse is considered a class B felony, but if the abused child is disabled or younger than eight years old, the classification becomes a class A felony.
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If you have been charged with aggravated child abuse, keep in mind that in order to get a conviction, the state will have to prove that you knowingly or by other means treated a child in such a way as to inflict injury.
Knowledgeable aggressive criminal defense is your urgent need until your case is resolved. Attorney Rob McKinney in Nashville has studied forensic pathology in depth. He knows that a favorable outcome in your aggravated child abuse case may depend on questions such as when an injury occurred, who was with the child at different times and whether it can be demonstrated that an injury was the result of an accident.
Every criminal case is fact-specific and deserves customized analysis. Mr. McKinney prepares every case as if for a jury. There is no charge for an initial consultation at the Law Office of Rob McKinney.
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