Tennessee couple arraigned
The Tennessee couple arrested after police discovered their twin six-month-old boys in the back seat of their vehicle wearing cold, urine-soaked clothing were arraigned Monday morning.
District Judge Mary Jane Phelps kept the bonds of Christopher Smith, 34, and Crystal Cramer, 33, at $10,000 full cash. Phelps said Smith had a felony conviction in Tennessee. They are being held in the Woodford County Detention Center, and a public defender will represent them at their preliminary hearing Monday at 1:30 p.m.
Versailles police said they were called by a Speedway clerk around 3 a.m. on March 21 who told them a car with its hood up had been parked next to a gas pump for about two hours. When police arrived, they spoke to Smith and Cramer, who said they were having car problems.
Versailles Police Lt. Michael Fortney said eventually one of the adults mentioned their infants, whose car seats weren’t visible because the back seat was filled with bags of clothes.
“They said they would stop about every 50 miles to check on the kids …” Versailles Police Lt. Michael Fortney said. “(Officers) found the one, cold to the touch. They pulled both kids out … of the car, take them in the store, started getting them warmed up and called for an ambulance to come check them out.”
Smith and Cramer were arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal abuse of a child (12 or under). At the Woodford County Detention Center, Cramer was charged with possession of methamphetamine and promoting contraband.
The twins were examined and placed in foster care.
Fortney said the placement of garbage bags filled with clothes throughout the back seat put the infants, who were wearing urine-soaked clothes, in jeopardy.
“They could have suffocated. You look at garbage bags or plastic bags and infants, especially at six-months-old -- if they had shifted during driving, I mean, there’s a whole lot of ‘What ifs?’ or ‘What could have happened?’ It’s just very fortunate that … workers at Speedway were aware enough to make that phone call and the officers (decided) to dig a little deeper.”