, Corbin, KY

May 15, 2013

W’burg couple in court for child abuse

The Times-Tribune


By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A couple indicted more than a year ago on child abuse charges appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court before Judge Dan Ballou Tuesday.

One will be sentenced — the other’s charges were dropped.

Jason Witt, 32, and Jonni Witt, 29, of Williamsburg, each faced two counts of first-degree child abuse against a child under age 12.

Jason Witt, represented by Public Defender Ron Findell, pleaded guilty to two amended charges of third-degree child abuse and will now face sentencing June 3.

Jonni Witt’s case will likely be dismissed, according to the circuit clerk’s office. She was represented by Attorney C. Wayne Shepherd.

Court documents indicate Jason Witt “caused severe physical injury to a child under the age of 12 years, and/or caused torture, cruel confinement and/or cruel punishment.”

Jonni Witt’s indictment states the charges against her were levied because she permitted the abuse to occur.