MOUNT VERNON — Nine indictments were handed down by the Knox County Grand Jury on Monday, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher. Arraignments are scheduled for Feb. 17, before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.
Keith W. Carder, 23, Mount Vernon, is accused of felonious assault and child endangering for allegedly causing serious physical harm to an infant on Nov. 27, 2011. Thatcher said Carder was caring for the baby while the child’s mother was at work. The child was taken by squad to Knox Community Hospital and then transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. The baby’s brain injury is allegedly consistent with “shaken baby” syndrome, according to Thatcher.
Jon D. Henderson Jr., 19, Powell, is also accused of felonious assault and child endangering for allegedly injuring an infant on Jan. 31. Thatcher said Henderson was caring for the baby while the child’s mother was at school. The child was taken to Knox Community Hospital and then flown to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. The baby suffered a lacerated liver and is still in the hospital, Thatcher said.
Rodney A. Smith, 31, Mount Vernon, faces a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Thatcher said Smith allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl on Oct. 28, 2011.
Detective Tom Bumpus, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the Carder, Henderson and Smith cases.
According to their indictments, sex offenders Denise N. Monk and Thomas W. Higgins Jr. must register changes of address with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Monk, 44, was convicted of rape, felonious sexual penetration and gross sexual imposition in 1996. Higgins, 33, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2002. Monk and Higgins were convicted in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas. Thatcher said the sex offender compliance check conducted recently by the Sheriff’s Office revealed that Monk and Higgins are not living at their registered addresses. Both face a charge of failing to provide change of address notification. Detective Doug Turpen and Deputy Dan Selby investigated the cases.
Dawna L. Davis, 36, Mount Vernon, is accused of aggravated trafficking in drugs and two counts of trafficking in marijuana. Thatcher said Davis allegedly sold Oxycodone to a confidential informant on Jan. 18, and she allegedly sold marijuana to a confidential informant on Jan. 26 and 27. Detective Craig Feeney and Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, Mount Vernon Police Department, and Detective Turpen, KCSO, investigated the case.
In related cases Joashua A. Pruitt, 29, Gambier, Amanda A. Alexander, 22, Centerburg, and James Duncan, 21, Mount Vernon, are accused of theft for allegedly stealing cash from an ATM, three separate times on Jan. 23. Detective Cpl. Dailey investigated the case.