Abused child could lose kidney

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Parents charged when malnourished 10-month-old found with contusions

By The Staff

A Lawrenceburg couple was charged last week for allegedly abusing their 10-month-old child to the point that he’s in danger of losing a kidney.
Billie J. Combs, 20, and Aaron J. Hilbert, 21, of 1270 Jenny Lillard Road were arrested and charged early Wednesday morning for second-degree criminal child abuse following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.
The child had multiple contusions that indicate abuse, according to an arrest warrant. The parents “failed to provide proper nutrition and proper medical treatment, causing the child to be at 0 percentile in weight and diagnosed as ‘failure to thrive,’” according to the warrant.
Combs was arraigned and pleaded not guilty last Thursday morning in Anderson District Court. Combs bonded out of jail before her arraignment and is now scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Their warrant also states that, “Further, the [parents] failed to seek proper medical treatment when instructed to do by the hospital, to follow up on treatment for hydronephrosis,” a medical condition that means “swelling of the kidney,” according to the National Kidney Foundation’s website.
“The child’s kidney is currently at a 5 percent global renal function, with possible removal of the kidney,” according to the warrant.
State police started investigating Combs and Gilbert in July 2013 when the child’s pediatrician — after an examination — sent the infant to the emergency room because of the child’s failing health, according to a release from Kentucky State Police.
The child was then removed from its parents’ care shortly after and placed into state custody, police said.
Combs and Gilbert were taken into custody early Wednesday morning by Deputy Brian Boggs of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Shelby County Detention Center.