published Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Rhea County couple allegedly fed cigarette butts, liquid soap to 5-year-old boy

DAYTON, Tenn. — Cigarette butts that a 5-year-old boy was forced to eat as punishment by his mother and her boyfriend were found in the boy’s stomach during an autopsy.

That’s according to two hours of testimony this afternoon at a hearing for Bradley Adcox, 22, and Jessica Robbins, 29 before Rhea County General Sessions Court Judge Jim McKenzie over the Aug. 30 death of 5-year-old Landon Robbins, who was Jessica Robbins’ son.

Judge McKenzie bound the couple over to the Rhea County Grand Jury, which meets Monday, Oct. 7, on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

In addition to being fed cigarette butts, the boy and his two sisters, ages 3 and 4, were whipped and made to drink liquid soap as punishment for not going to sleep on time, according to testimony.

The judge denied the couples’ request for bond.

The only witness to testify was Rhea County Detective Rocky Potter.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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