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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Rathbone is extradited
A Cocke County man charged in the death of his infant son has been extradited from North Carolina to the Cocke County jail. Bond has been set at $750,000 for Kasey Rathbone, Sr. ,23, High Point Way, Newport, in the death of six month-old Kasey Rathbone, Jr. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the defendant inflicted injuries on the victim on December 14, 2018. The elder Rathbone was indicted by a Cocke County Grand Jury last week on charges of First Degree Murder, First Degree Felony Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse. He was arrested on Friday and extradited earlier this week. Cocke County Detective Robert Schaff says he was called to the Newport Medical Center the evening of December 14 after hospital personnel reported they had a child in their care "that had been severely beaten." A short time earlier 911 had received an emergency call from the child's mother, Heather Brady asking to meet an ambulance because her child was having problems breathing. An emergency room physician told Detective Schaff that the child had bruises all over his body and brain trama was observed. Because the victim had brain swelling and bleeding, he was flown to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital. As a result a referral also was made to Child Protective Services, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called into the case. Brady reported that the child was cared for by Rathbone while she was at work all day. She said her child had been diagnosed with pneumonia and she had been giving him breathing treatments for three days. When she arrived home the day of the incident, Rathbone reported the infant was not acting right and his body would go limp. She then headed to the hospital and an ambulance was called. During an interview, Rathbone said he had stayed up till 2am that morning playing video games. But he later noticed the child go limp. The defendant said he didn't call for help because his phone was out of minutes, his next door neighbor was not at home and he couldn't drive for help because he was out of gas. Rathbone also had reasons for the bruises all over the child's body. The child died two days after being flown to the Knoxville pediatric hospital.


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