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Pikeville couple charged with abusing 2-year-old

Posted August 20, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014

— A 21-year-old woman and 27-year-old man wanted on child abuse charges surrendered to authorities late Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

According to investigators, Christian Amanda Tomeski and Thomas John Strickland, both of 2020 Rosson Drive in Pikeville, took Tomeski's 2-year-old son to a pediatric clinic for treatment of bruises on his head, ears and neck.

An examination determined the injuries were a result of physical abuse, deputies said. The boy was then taken to Moore Regional Hospital by his grandfather.

Tomeski and Strickland, who is her boyfriend, told investigators they were the child's only caregivers but denied harming him.

They were released from the Cumberland County jail Wednesday after posting $500 unsecured bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 24.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 25, 2014

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    Physically and/or mentally damaging a child, *may* have an horrific effect on him/her later in life. It's just another form of brainwashing. (Don't you agree?)

    IF that's the case, it seems that we (society) should take this into account for acts that they may commit as a result of this. Would't that be the caring, compassionate thing to do?...to help cure the illness that a person may have as a result of severe childhood trauma?

    That said, this should *not* give a blanket excuse to people who normally assimilate. e.g. "Oh, my father hit me with a belt once, so I robbed a liquor store."

  • OneLove Aug 21, 2014

    No child should be disciplined on his ears, head or neck. When my kids were two years old, a quick pop on the behind got them moving in the right direction. I hope the baby gets better ASAP!

  • Jeepgirl03 Aug 21, 2014

    $500 bond for abusing your child? Are you kidding me? What is she smiling about? I sure hope they took the child away and that she isn't allowed to see him.

  • jmh82 Aug 21, 2014

    @ Grand Union - Let me start by saying child abuse is wrong, and abusers should be put away for a long time.

    With that said spanking, corporal punishment, whatever you want to call it these days is not the same as beating or abusing your children. Punching, kicking, etc. isn't disciplining, its abuse. I was spanked as a child, but my parents never spanked me when they were angry and they always explained to me exactly what it was that I had done wrong. I grew up knowing my parents loved me and as a grown up I can appreciate how they raised me - to be a well adjusted, contributing member of society who is respectful of others. I now have a family of my own, my kids occasionally receive spankings and they're great kids. I honestly think a lot of teens/young adults today could have benefited from a little more discipline as a child. Abuse is wrong. However, spanking your children coupled with mild temperment and communication is not a bad thing.

  • CherryDarling Aug 21, 2014

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    well said...

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 21, 2014

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    Oh, good point.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 21, 2014

    What the heck is she smiling about? She does look like real sicko.

  • elkerster Aug 21, 2014

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    I agree but these aren't their mug shots.

  • pirategirl342 Aug 21, 2014

    So it's okay to abuse children as long as it's because you were abused as a child? My husband went through some horrible, horrible things at the hands of his father and stepfather. He is one of the most gentle, loving souls I have ever met! It is a CHOICE. Period.

  • Karen Orndorff Aug 21, 2014
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    You are terribly wrong in reading something into that verse that is not there. It means to discipline them with love and correction, does not mean beat the child.