Women charged in daycare abuse case back in court for testimony

WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. Two women charged in a Southern Kentucky daycare abuse case were back in court Monday.

Diana Myers and Tasha Cox are charged because police said one of them backed a child under a table and taunted them with a doll, while the other recorded it and posted it to Facebook.

The two women pleaded not guilty, Myers to criminal abuse and Cox to failure to report abuse. The judge heard testimony in Myers' case while considering whether to send it to the grand jury.

"The child was, to me, appears to be trapped, in that corner, underneath that desk. Was there any way for that child to get out or get away? No," replied Wayne County Sheriff's deputy Jerry Coffman during his testimony.

Coffman said the 18-month-old girl's mother gave him the video. He also said the mother said the toddler was scared of animals and dolls. 

But Myers' attorney called two of his own witnesses. Daycare owner Wendy Adams said Myers was using a technique called "redirect" because the girl was upset over not getting a second cupcake. Private investigator Joey Hoover said he interviewed other witnesses and they all said the child was not being abused.

"Did you see any evidence based on the evidence that would cause you to conclude that the child was being taunted in any way? No. Did the child recoil from the doll when she was being presented with the doll? No," Hoover replied during his testimony.

The judge agreed there is probable cause on second-degree criminal abuse, not first-degree as Myers was originally charged.

Cox will be back in court for another hearing on June 24.

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