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Covington Parents Charged with Abusing Baby, Breaking Ribs

Two parents are in jail accused of abusing a baby that was not yet three months old at the time.

Covington Police announced the arrests of Ashlee Hensley and Robert Rich, Jr., of Covington, charging them with first degree criminal abuse of a child 12-years old or younger, and first degree assault. Both are being held at the Kenton County Detention Center.

According to police records, Rich, 27, and Hensley, 20, called 911 to report that their son, identified as B.R., was having a seizure.

The family was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington and then to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati where the baby boy was treated for multiple injuries, including a subdural hematoma, thirteen rib fractures, an orbital fracture to the left eye, and severe retinal hemorrhaging.

Covington Police interviewed Rich and Hensley who said that the baby had been dropped from a few inches off the ground and that he may have also received injuries in a prior car accident.

Through the investigation, Detective Austin Ross learned that the baby's great-grandmother, Molly Rich, noticed a knot above B.R.'s left eye days before the family had been taken to the hospital. Rich confronted her grandson who said the baby's injury was a broken blood vessel caused by crying. She also said that Rich told her to give the baby NyQuil on a previous occasion.
While searching Hensley's phone, police concluded that conversations between her and Rich from the prior week had been deleted. Hensley denies that she deleted them. Police are also seeking to search Rich's phone.
Meanwhile, physicians determined that the baby's eye injury was not a broken blood vessel and that the fractured ribs were in various states of healing, including one which was less than ten days old.
The physicians stated that the injuries were indicative of child abuse and that B.R. is expected to have developmental delays because of the subdural hematoma and the other injuries.
B.R. was born on December 27.
Rich and Hensley were arraigned in Kenton District Court on Thursday morning.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
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Robert Rich (via Kenton Co. Detention Center)