Left: Kenneth Lamont Thompson Right: Monica Lynn Knouff
Two Marietta residents remain in the Cobb County Jail after their 2-year-old child with special needs was hit multiple times and had emergency surgery to save his life.
Kenneth Lamont Thompson, 39, was arrested Friday and remains in jail without bond on battery and first-degree cruelty to children charges.
Monica Lynn Knouff, 32, was arrested on child deprivation and first-degree cruelty to children charges. She remains in jail on a $75,000 bond.
Officer Michael Gardner with the Marietta Police Department said the two are the child’s parents, but he would not release more information on the case.
According to the arrest warrants, Thompson is accused of hitting the child multiple times on both of his legs, thighs and buttocks and bruising him between March 29 and 31.
Thompson then allegedly injured the child so badly that it caused a brain injury and required the toddler to be taken by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he underwent emergency surgery to save his life.
“The child remains in critical condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and continues to have seizures as his condition has worsened,” the warrant states. “Doctors have advised that the child may have permanent neurological damage from this injury.”
Knouff is accused of failing to take the child to the doctor for the bruises, and specifically for driving him to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta herself, rather than call for an ambulance, because it “delayed medical treatment,” her arrest warrant states.
In a comment from Knouff's attorney, Kim Keheley Frye with Frye Law Group LLC in Marietta, the child is "medically fragile" and attends a "medically fragile" daycare.
"He has a chromosome defect known as Trisomy 18. He is a well loved and well cared for child who will turn 3 in June, which is an amazing accomplishment considering his condition," Frye said. "He is learning to walk at almost 3."
Knouff is absolutely not charged with beating or causing any injuries to this child.
The actual warrant only accuses Monica of not getting timely medical care.
"Her bond at $75,000 is extremely high for this type of case and amounts to essentially no bond for her," she said. "My client is not guilty in this case. She is a loving mother to a fragile child who is ill and she sought medical care for him as she has done numerous times in the past. Once the evidence is heard, we expect Monica to be exonerated."