Office of the Attorney General
Two Indicted In Murray Child Abuse Case
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Special Prosecutions Division today announced the indictment of two people on multiple felony charges connected with the abuse of children in their home outside of Murray, Ky.
A Calloway County Grand Jury indicted Carol Elizabeth Erwin and Derek Chandler on charges ranging from complicity to Assault First Degree, Criminal Abuse First Degree and Criminal Abuse Second Degree, to Intimidating a Participant in a Legal Process. The indictment alleges that the couple, over a year-long period, inflicted, or permitted the infliction of, serious physical injury, torture, or cruel confinement to children under 12 years old. They are also accused of threatening other children in the household to keep them from reporting the abuse. The couple faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
The indictment comes after the removal of children from the household and a two-month, joint criminal investigation by the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, employees of Child Protective Services, the University of Louisville’s Forensic Medicine Program and prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division.
“The investigation and prosecution of crimes involving children is a top priority for my office. I am pleased that this office was able to offer assistance to local law enforcement in such a serious case,” General Conway said.
Erwin is being held on a $50,000 bond. Chandler is behind bars on a $35,000 bond. The two will appear in court on January 26, 2009, at 9 a.m.
An indictment is an accusation. All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.