Two-year-old severely burned, mother charged with criminal abuse

Sierra Shepherd
Sierra Shepherd

Kentucky State Police Trooper Chad Gregory responded to a call to Baptist Hospital Corbin in reference to a two-year-old child being treated for severe burns.

Trooper Gregory spoke with the child’s mother, 21-year-old Sierra P. Shepherd, of Knox County. Trooper Gregory reported Shepherd made several statements that were inconsistent with other reports made to medical staff and a social worker. Shepherd reportedly changed her mind and offered to tell the truth.

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Trooper Gregory then read Shepherd her rights, and she gave a recorded statement of events leading up to the child’s injuries. Shepherd stated she left her child in the care of her boyfriend (Tyrone Person), whom she allegedly has an active EPO/DVO against. She claims when she returned home several days later and the child was burned severely, she failed to seek medical attention for the child until the following day.

Shepherd is charged with criminal abuse first degree of a victim under 12 years old. Her bail has been set at a $25,000 cash bond. Arraignment was July 17, in Knox District Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, July 22, in Knox District Court to appear before Judge John Chappell. Shepherd is currently lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.