Hazard man charged in beating of 6-year-old

Gwendolyn Holliday Staff Reporter gjoseph@civitasmedia.com

May 6, 2014

HAZARD- A Perry county man is facing charges related to child abuse allegations after his girlfriend’s child was found with multiple injuries by Perry County school officials.

Jaime Aaron Stamper, 35, of Hazard, is charged with one count of criminal abuse in the first degree of a child 12 years old or under.

According to Kentucky State Police Detective Vicki Day, Stamper was arrested after the child went to school with injuries so severe it prompted school officials to contact authorities.

“The child went to school and the injuries were noted by the school staff and principal and they contacted social services and law enforcement,” Day said.

Day went on to say that the child, a 6-year-old, was transported to Hazard ARH for treatment of injuries.

“The child was taken to the hospital and also taken into protective custody by law enforcement,” Day said.

According to the arrest warrant obtained from the Perry County Court House, “on Friday April 18, 2014, while having physical custody of his girlfriend’s 6-year-old child, he [Stamper] intentionally abused the child causing serious physical injury to his face, including two black eyes, bruising on ears, neck, shoulders, torso, buttocks, and legs.”

Day went on to say that the child was certain of who caused the injuries.

“The child is very adamant that Jaime is the one who caused the injuries,” Day reported.

The child is in protective custody at this time, according to Day.

“The child has been placed with relatives, and has not been placed back with the mother at this time,” Day said, adding that there were no current plans to charge the mother.

Stamper is currently out on a $25,000 surety bond, and is on house arrest.

Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @Hazard Herald.