Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 13, 2013

Probe ongoing in baby’s death

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation — at the request of the District Attorney’s Office — has launched an investigation into the death of an infant from Crossville. Little information is available and authorities are being tight-lipped about where the investigation stands.

The TBI confirmed that it received a “predication letter” from 13th Judicial District Attorney Randy York, requesting the TBI launch a probe into circumstances surrounding the child’s death.

“Predication letters from DAs are the first document put into a case file in order to open an investigation and assign a case number,” TBI Spokesperson Kristin Helm said. She added that because of that, the document can not be released because of the on-going investigation.

She did state that TBI has been requested to investigate an allegation of child abuse that occurred on July 20 in Crossville, with the victim being Grace Hastings, who was born on April 20 of this year. The baby was first rushed to Cumberland Medical Center and later flown to Children’s Hospital in Knoville, suffering from a brain injury, Helm’s response continues.

The child died from her injuries on Aug. 2 and the investigation into potential child abuse and death is currently on-going. No arrests have been made as of Aug. 7, and the TBI will turn over its file to the DA to review once the investigation is completed.

Crossville Police Maj. Mark Rosser confirmed that city police initially got involved in the case when an ambulance was called to a Burnett St. apartment building where the child lived. City police and fire department also responded.

Other than that, Rosser referred all questions to the TBI and the DA’s office.

The Department of Children’s Services has also been involved in the investigation.

District Attorney York would only confirm that the predication letter had been sent, and said he could not comment on the status of the case.

TBI agents involved in the investigation do not answer questions about on-going probes.