By Brad Hicks / Staff Writer
The two Lily brothers arrested and charged with the rape of an 8-year-old female relative earlier this month have been indicted by a grand jury in Laurel County Circuit Court.
Robert Miracle, 28, and Thomas Miracle, 32, were arrested Dec. 3 and charged with first-degree rape after the victim’s mother reported the alleged abuse to officials on Nov. 17.
Both men were each indicted on nine counts of alleged sexual abuse occurring from December 2006 through December 2007. Each man was indicted on four counts of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one-count of second-degree sexual abuse.
After her mother’s report, Det. Charlie Loomis with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office and a social worker interviewed the victim, the 8-year-old niece of Robert and Thomas Miracle.
The victim told officials that her uncles would take her and her 13-year-old cousin on four-wheeler rides and would abuse them in the woods. The victim also told police that on at least one occasion, one of the men abused her in a bedroom. According to a release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, the victim told police she tried to scream, but her uncle would cover her mouth and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the alleged assaults.
Both of the girls were interviewed and medically examined by members of the Laurel County TLC House, which offers services to sexually and physically abused children.
Recently, it was ordered the Miracle brothers undergo psychiatric evaluations at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center.
Indictments were also returned against the following:
• Dale Burkhart, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment (three counts), driving under the influence second offense, open alcohol beverage in vehicle
• Erma Messer, first-degree bail jump
• Christy McQueen, theft of identity
• Jonathan McGraw, first-degree bail jump
• Barbara Blankenship, fraudulent use of credit cards over $100 (two counts), fraudulent use of credit cards under $100 (two counts), theft by deception under $300 (four counts)
• Donna Logan, second-degree possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking over $300 (10 counts)
• Kimberly Hubbard, first-degree wanton endangerment, public intoxication
• Darrell Cloud, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, possession of marijuana, failure to wear seat belt
• Ray Baker, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine
• Douglas Ray Hedrick, fraudulent/false statement for controlled substances first offense (four counts)
• Denesa Bray, first-degree assault
• Tracy Thorpe, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense (two counts)
• Harold Gayhart and Diane Walker, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, speeding
• Daniel Branham, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, driving under the influence second offense, carrying a concealed deadly weapon
• Patrick Holland and Matthew Holland, theft by unlawful taking over $300
• Denver Mills, second-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance first offense
• Jason Lewis, second-degree possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking over $300
• Shirrah Moore, theft of identity, theft of services
• Donnie Anderson, flagrant non support
• Jennifer Bargo, second-degree possession of forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking under $300
• Jimmy Melton, theft by failure to make required disposition over $300
• Alvin Couch, first-degree bail jump
The grand jury continued cases against the following:
Gabriel Carmichal, Stacy Smith, Jerry Thompson Jr., Anthony Hubbard, Miguel Santana-Guzman, Jose Ocevedo-Gonzalez, Constance Cornett, Joshua Martin, Steven Myers, Geneva Hutson, Elmer Oakley, Cy David Doan, William Hensley, Brian Moore, Taresa Collins, Brittany Scalf, Darryl White, Alex McQueen, Tory Sizemore, James Peters, James Day, Robbie Price, Milton Thompson, Kendra Sams and Charles Gray
The grand jury dismissed cases against the following:
Darrell Delph, Christina Goss, Ekya Harris, Roger Vaughn, Sandra Mills, Edward Wagers, Yale Larry Balcar, Dale Greer and Crystal King
Lily men among 26 indicted in Laurel
By Brad Hicks / Staff Writer
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