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Woman charged for excessive spanking of boy, 19 months
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CHURCH HILL (AP) — Police in Church Hill have cited a Kingsport woman for what officers termed the excessive spanking of her 19-month-old son.The toddler and a 2-year-old child have been placed in the care of a relative while the child abuse charge against Allison Marie Blevins is resolved, according to The Kingsport Times-News.Arraignment of the 28-year-old Blevins had been set for Monday, but was moved to Sept. 19.An arrest report states Blevins spanked the younger child three separate times while at Derrick Park on July 13. The case was initially referred to Kingsport Police by Child Protective Services, but it was then determined the boy was spanked in Church Hill.Detective Kevin Grigsby said photos of the boy’s injuries show substantial bruises to his buttocks and the side of his head, where he struck it on a park slide.• • • • •MEMPHIS (AP) — Officials at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis say doctors successfully separated a rare set of conjoined twins that were born connected at the pelvis and lower spine during a 13-hour procedure.The hospital announced in a news release on Tuesday the procedure on Aug. 29 was the most complex case in the hospital’s 59-year history. The hospital planned a press conference today with physicians from the surgical team to provide more details about the procedure.The mother of the twins, who are from Memphis, will also be at the press conference.• • • • •MAYNARDVILLE (AP) — Parents in Union County could be on their own in getting their children to school if more money isn’t found for the schools.The County Commission meets tonight to consider a tax increase requested by the county school board.

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