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Johnson City couple charged with abuse of 6-year-old; report says child's teeth decayed to gums

Staff reports • Jul 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The parents of a 6-year-old child were arrested Wednesday on felony child abuse/neglect charges after a welfare check at a south Johnson City trailer park, according to a Sessions Court affidavit.

Johnson City police arrived at the residence of Ronnie L. McCall, 60, and Connie Gentry McCall, 39, both of Heritage Mobile Home Park, 2701 S. Roan St., Lot 144, to assist Child Protective Services on a follow-up investigation, according to the court document.

Officers found that three children lived at the residence, but one child, age 6, had been taken by her parents to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment that had been recommended by CPS.

After being examined, the child was found to have many environmental neglect issues, including ring worm, flea bites, severe head and body lice. The report also said numerous teeth had turned black with decay. The child’s bottom teeth had decay to the point of complete gum exposure, the document reported.

The affidavit said officers found “deplorable” living conditions at the residence, and photographs were taken for evidence.

The McCalls were each charged with felony child abuse/neglect and were being held Thursday on $30,000 bonds each following their arraignment on Thursday.

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