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Winchester, KY -- A 10-year-old child found dead in her family's apartment in central Kentucky was routinely belittled and lived in fear of upsetting her father, relatives and neighbors said.

McCaylah Watkins' bruised and lifeless body was found in her family's Winchester apartment Sunday. Her father Patrick Watkins, 30, and his wife, Joy Watkins, were charged with first-degree criminal abuse on a child under 12. Police said their investigation lead them to file more charges against the couple.

Family members and neighbors said the couple often cursed the girl and called her harsh names in public.

Joy Watkins' grandmother, Betty Stokley, who lives next door to the couple, said Patrick Watkins was cruel to McCaylah, his daughter from a previous marriage. Stokley said she had seen him kick the girl in the back, knocking her down.

"'Caylah would dodge him and move to the side if he walked past her," Stokley said of Patrick Watkins, 30. "She would shake and go on. She was afraid."

Winchester police Capt. Harvey Craycraft said McCaylah had "trauma injuries" on her body. Patrick Watkins told police that the girl had fallen down some stairs, Craycraft said.

Some neighbors wondered Monday whether there was something more they should have done.

"They were awful mean to the little baby," said Nancy Bowling, 60. "She was 10 years old, she wasn't nothing but a little baby who had no one to turn to."

Bowling said Joy Watkins often seemed hateful and rarely said anything pleasant to the girl.

"She would call her stupid and say things to her like 'shut up,"' Bowling said.

In one incident, Joy Watkins became upset with McCaylah and began yelling at her in the street in front of Bowling's apartment. She then knocked school books out of McCaylah's hands and stormed off, Bowling said.

Officials with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services declined to comment on past or current investigations involving the Watkinses.

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Social Worker Killed, Kentucky Couple Arrested

Told that her nine-month-old son was about to be put up for adoption, Renee Terrell was scheduled for a final supervised visit with the baby boy -- a visit that proved fatal for the Kentucky social worker and launched a nationwide Amber Alert for Terrell, her boyfriend and the infant.

Three days after social worker Boni Frederick, 67, was found dead in the mother's home, police were still seeking the public's help in locating 33-year-old Terrell, her 23-year-old boyfriend Christopher Wayne Luttrell and her son, Saige.

    UPDATE: FBI agents arrested Terrell and Luttrell about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in a rural area near Godfrey, Illinois 35 miles north of St. Louis, FBI spokesman Marshall Stone said. The infant was found with the couple and safe. They were hiding in a camper after the car they were driving broke down.

    Authorities believe Terrell and Luttrell killed the social worker Monday when she brought the baby to Terrell's home for a visit. The boy had been in foster care since he was 13 days old, after he was removed from the home due to neglect, police said.

    Police believe the couple fled the Henderson, Kentucky area in Frederick's white 2000 four-door Daewoo Nubira station wagon with Kentucky license plate 675DRV. They were captured on a video camera Tuesday buying gas for the vehicle, using Frederick's credit card.

Handicapped daughter raped by stepfather

I found out that my now ex-husband was sexually abusing my daughter when I was at work. I didn't find out till several months had passed when he gave her an STD called ''Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). He gave her the one that caused cancer. I have tried to get legal counsel for her here in Kentucky, but since she is handicapped, no one will touch the case. I even contacted the attorney generals office and they just referred me to someone else. Then they referred me to someone else, and so on. I have gotten the biggest run around with this. I blame the social services dept as they never reported it to the authorities like they were supposed to. The gal just closed the case as my ex-husband convinced her it happened in another state and she didn't know how to handle the case. She didn't even report it to the other state that he says it happened in for investigation. Then the authorities didn't even really follow up on it when they were told about it. So he continues to walk around with a big smile on his face knowing he has gotten away with it. He keeps dating other women that have handicapped girls as well. What can I do? Not only for my daughter's sake, but for all the other handicapped people as well. Please help us!!!

Category: Disability Discrimination Law (ADA)
State(s), Country: KY (KY), US
Posted: 2/10/2007

Dad, Released to Donate Kidney to Son, Skips Town

by admin on September 6th, 2006

Byron Perkins The Kentucky father convinced a judge to let him out of jail so that he could cough up a kidney for his ailing son Destin, who was in dire need of a transplant.  Mr. Convict skipped town on the final day of pre-transplant testing, taking both kidneys and his girlfriend with him. Doctors say that Byron Perkins was a near-perfect match for the procedure before he decided that his life was more important than his child’s.

Destin, thank the gods, still got the organ he needed to stay alive from an anonymous donor in California.

Byron has reportedly been sighted in Mexico.

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