Trial set for Corbin preschool monitor

A trial date has been set for a Corbin woman accused of abusing a preschooler.

Tammi Eggen, 48, was employed as an instructional monitor at the Corbin Preschool Center when the alleged incident took place. According to the indictment, Eggen placed the three-year-old in a situation which caused him to be in danger of death or serious physical injury. She was charged with a single count of second-degree criminal abuse.

At a previous pretrial conference, Eggen’s attorney filed a motion for a special judge, requesting Knox County Circuit Judge Gregory A. Lay to recuse himself from the case. Eggen’s argument was that Judge David Tapp should preside over the case. Judge Tapp, who presides over a separate district, previously held the case as a temporary special judge while the position of Knox/ Laurel Circuit Judge was being filled. Once a permanent judge was elected, Judge Lay took over the case as is customary to do. Judge Lay considered Eggen’s request but at a hearing Friday, June 23, he overruled the motion.

The defense also entered a motion to dismiss the case. A hearing on the motion to dismiss was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.

A trial date was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. A pre-trial conference was also scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.