Andrew Lorenze Allen and Amanda Percell (Washington County Detention Center photos)
The bruises to a 2-year-old boy who investigators say was beaten extend from his “head to his knees,” and it’s some of the worst injuries one Washington County Sheriff’s official said he’s ever seen.
The boy’s mother, Amanda Percell, 22, and a man investigators said is her boyfriend, Andrew Lorenze Allen, 29, 533 Browning Road, Telford, are both charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect or endangerment.
The charges stem from Percell’s 2-year-old son having extensive bruising all over his body — some that appeared to be in various stages of healing, according to Capt. Shawn Judy.
Percell and Allen were both arraigned by Washington County Sessions Court Judge Don Arnold Thursday and their cases were reset for May 23 at 1:30 p.m.
According to Judy, Percell called 911 around 11 a.m. Wednesday and reported her son had fallen off the porch. When EMS and deputies arrived, the boy was transported to Johnson City Medical Center and officers contacted the Criminal Investigative Division.
Judy said the boy did not suffer any broken bones, but has extensive bruises all over his body.
“There’s old bruises and new bruises. That tells how far back it goes,” he said. There have also been no internal injuries found as of Thursday afternoon, but Judy said the child was still being examined and treated.
Judy also said Allen was the boy’s primary caregiver while Percell worked. The couple also had Allen’s 7-month old child in the home, but Judy said that child had no injuries.
Both children are now in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.
“The bruises are the worst I’ve ever seen. Why would someone do this to a child, to an innocent kid,” Judy said.
Percell and Allen are each being held on a $100,000 bond. Arnold appointed the public defender to represent Allen and attorney Charles London to represent Percell.