May 1, 2008

Memphis Woman Facing Felony Charges of Endangering Welfare of a Child

A Memphis woman is facing a series of felony charges after an eight-month-old baby in her care was treated for a fractured skull.

On April 24, three class C felony charges of endangering the welfare of a child were filed against Amber Varnold, 23.

On April 1st the baby was treated for a head injury. The baby’s condition was reported to law enforcement officials and the ensuing investigation by the Memphis Police Department and the State Technical Assistance Team (STAT) resulted in Varnold’s arrest.

The felony complaint versus Varnold was filed by special prosecuting attorney Scott Summers. It alleges Varnold knowingly acted in a manner that created a substantial risk to the life of the child by shaking the baby, hitting the baby on the head with her hand and by forcibly putting the child in his crib, causing him to strike his head on the headboard.

According to the state’s probable cause statement, the incident allegedly occurred on March 27th in Varnold’s home.

An arrest warrant was served on Varnold by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department on April 24th.

An initial arraignment hearing was heard by Associate Circuit Judge Karl DeMarce on April 24th. Varnold was released on a personal recognizance bond with special conditions.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 14th at 1:30 p.m. in the Scotland County Courthouse.

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