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A Lawrenceburg couple charged with allegedly abusing their 10-month-old child to the point that he was in danger of losing a kidney both pleaded not guilty to criminal abuse charges Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
Billi J. Combs, 20, and Aaron J. Hilbert, 21, of 1270 Jenny Lillard Road were arraigned March 4 in Anderson Circuit Court.
A disposition or trial date for Combs and Hilbert has been scheduled for April 22 in Anderson Circuit Court.
Combs and Hilbert were arrested and charged December 2013 for second-degree criminal 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.
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.
State police started investigating Combs and Hilbert 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.
Fairview Road murder suspect court appearance continued to March 18
A disposition or trial date hearing for Gary Luttrell, the Lexington man charged with murder, has been postponed until March 18.
According to Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark, Luttrell allegedly said he was too sick to appear in court Tuesday.
Luttrell, 39, has been charged with shooting Steven Briscoe of 1433 Fairview Road, Lawrenceburg, in the chest Sept. 14, 2013, during a confrontation between the two in Briscoe’s driveway at 1433 Fairview Road.
Luttrell faces one count murder, one counts theft by unlawful taking, two counts tampering with physical evidence and first-degree criminal trespass, according to court documents.
Luttrell is currently in custody at the Shelby County Detention Center.
Luttrell’s public defender Casey Holland raised the issue of self-defense during a probable cause hearing in October 2013 when it was revealed that both Luttrell and Briscoe had guns at the time of Briscoe’s shooting.