Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 27, 2013

PD to represent dad in baby's death

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man who appeared for arraignment last Wednesday in Cumberland County Criminal Court was appointed an attorney from the Public Defender's Office to represent him, and had his case continued.

Kevin David Hastings, 29, was indicted by a special session of the grand jury late last month on charges of felony murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of his daughter, Grace Hastings.

The child died Aug. 2 at Children's Hospital in Knoxville where she had been taken after first being treated at Cumberland Medical Center for serious injuries.

The indictment alleges that Hastings inflicted serious bodily injury on the infant on July 20, which resulted in the child's death less than two weeks later.

The case was investigated by the Crossville Police Department, District Attorney's Office, state medical examiner's office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

He returned to Criminal Court on Friday and his case was continued to the Dec. 9 deadline docket. He is being held under $250,000 bond.

In other cases on the docket last Wednesday, the following took place:

Arraignment

•Terry Lane Cobb, aggravated burglary, theft of less than $10,000, simple possession/casual exchange of marijuana, possession of a legend drug, possession of methamphetamine and evading arrest, John Williams appointed to represent Cobb; continued to Oct. 28.

•Thomas Lane Cobb, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, simple possession/casual exchange of marijuana and possession of a legend drug, state to drop the charges.

•John Florea, theft of less than $60,000, continued to Dec. 9.

•Luis Almaraz Garcia, assault, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Garcia; continued to Dec. 9.

•Misty Rose Ware, aggravated assault, John Williams appointed to represent Ware; continued to Dec. 9.

•Ronald William Ripley, theft of less than $500, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Ripley; continued to Sept. 27.