Couple accused of beating special-needs toddler
by Lindsay Field
April 09, 2013 04:09 PM | 6691 views | 9 9 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Left: Kenneth Lamont Thompson   Right: Monica Lynn Knouff
Left: Kenneth Lamont Thompson Right: Monica Lynn Knouff
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Two Marietta residents remain in the Cobb County Jail after their 2-year-old child with special needs was hit multiple times and had emergency surgery to save his life.
 
Kenneth Lamont Thompson, 39, was arrested Friday and remains in jail without bond on battery and first-degree cruelty to children charges. 
 
Monica Lynn Knouff, 32, was arrested on child deprivation and first-degree cruelty to children charges. She remains in jail on a $75,000 bond.
 
Officer Michael Gardner with the Marietta Police Department said the two are the child’s parents, but he would not release more information on the case.
 
According to the arrest warrants, Thompson is accused of hitting the child multiple times on both of his legs, thighs and buttocks and bruising him between March 29 and 31.
 
Thompson then allegedly injured the child so badly that it caused a brain injury and required the toddler to be taken by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he underwent emergency surgery to save his life.
 
“The child remains in critical condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and continues to have seizures as his condition has worsened,” the warrant states. “Doctors have advised that the child may have permanent neurological damage from this injury.”
 
Knouff is accused of failing to take the child to the doctor for the bruises, and specifically for driving him to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta herself, rather than call for an ambulance, because it “delayed medical treatment,” her arrest warrant states.

In a comment from Knouff's attorney, Kim Keheley Frye with Frye Law Group LLC in Marietta, the child is "medically fragile" and attends a "medically fragile" daycare.

"He has a chromosome defect known as Trisomy 18. He is a well loved and well cared for child who will turn 3 in June, which is an amazing accomplishment considering his condition," Frye said. "He is learning to walk at almost 3."

Knouff is absolutely not charged with beating or causing any injuries to this child.

The actual warrant only accuses Monica of not getting timely medical care.

"Her bond at $75,000 is extremely high for this type of case and amounts to essentially no bond for her," she said. "My client is not guilty in this case. She is a loving mother to a fragile child who is ill and she sought medical care for him as she has done numerous times in the past. Once the evidence is heard, we expect Monica to be exonerated."

 
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Jane LeMond-Alvarez
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April 12, 2013
Please follow this case very closely for the next time you read about this child may very well be in the obituaries. Child abuse is a crime. Child abusers are criminals. It is that simple. Paper: now that you know about it, it is your responsibility and obligation to not let this fall thru the cracks. The Children's Wall of Tears dot org
Bubba Jones
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April 11, 2013
Quote: "...injured the child so badly ...". That should read, bad, not badly. Please editors before printing articles check your grammar and spelling. Thank you.
anonymous
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April 11, 2013
This is heart breaking!!! I can't even begin to understand why this happens!! If these "parents" want to fight someone, how about picking on someone their own size instead of a poor, defenseless child!!!! There are many people who would love to have children but can't, then the fortunate one's do this, it makes no sense. I hope and pray that this little one recovers without too much damage and these people beg for God's mercy without ceasing, because He's the only one who can help them at this point.
anon neighbor
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April 11, 2013
I live near these two and am split in my thoughts. On one hand I've seen how the treat others (old roommates, their animals, each other) but on the other hand, I have never seen violence. Unfortunately, we will never hear from the one person who really deserves a say, the child.

anonymous
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April 11, 2013
I'm not too shocked that he did this, as long as I've known him, he's been a very unkind person, to say the least. I'm praying for this baby to pull through and never see his father again outside of prison walls.
anonymous
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April 10, 2013
I know this couple and the child personally - I pray that God's will be done for all involved. I am deeply disappointed in Monica, but not surprised by Ken.
Bestguy
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April 10, 2013
Whom ever this is you are less of a person! You do not know Either of them
inhumane
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April 10, 2013
These despicable people, apparently lacking in even the kindness of wild animals, deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison. I imagine the other prisoners will give them something to think about. People who harm their children or damage them permanently, even if the children survive, need to be dealt with very sternly. This is something a decent society cannot and should not, tolerate.
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