(WBIR - Knoxville, TN) Knox County court documents have revealed new details about allegations of child abuse against a Farragut woman.
On Tuesday the Knox County Family Crisis Unit arrested 36-year-old Jessica Ann Cox. She now faces charges of child abuse and aggravated child abuse. Authorities say she has a criminal history that includes drug possession without a prescription and shoplifting.
10News protects the privacy of children when covering criminal abuse cases by withholding the victims' names. The court records indicate the victims in this case are two boys who are brothers.
According to court documents as well as neighbors and family members who spoke to 10News, the two young teenage brothers live in a trailer near Farragut with their biological father, Jessica Ann Cox, and two of Cox's biological children.
None of the neighbors or family members wanted to speak on-camera or be quoted by name as the case is ongoing and a very sensitive topic. However, what they stated to 10News off-camera matched and reinforced the details in the affidavits.
Investigators accuse Cox of handcuffing the two brothers together to a kitchen cabinet on numerous occasions. In some instances the boys were handcuffed with their hands above their heads so they were unable to sit down.
The affidavit says handcuffing was a common occurrence and Cox is accused of "burning the victims with cigarettes and incense." Investigators confirmed the boys have scars consistent with healed burn marks on several locations, including very sensitive body parts.
Cox is also accused of hitting the boys with heavy objects while they were defenseless. Specifically, the affidavit claims when one of the boys was handcuffed, "the suspect hit him repeatedly on his feet with a rubber mallet and/or a wooden rolling pin."
Investigators discovered injuries consistent with those claims on Tuesday as one of the victims "suffered from swollen legs and a large open wound on the top of his right foot."
The boys also had scrapes and cuts on their wrists caused by the handcuffs.
A family member said the handcuffs likely belonged to the boys' biological father because he previously served as a police officer in another state. The biological father has not been charged with any crimes as of this report.
The family member told 10News someone apparently called 911 when they saw the two teenage victims walking down Kingston Pike handcuffed together while wearing no socks or shoes. The relative says the boys were attempting to walk barefoot from the trailer in Farragut to safety at their grandparents' home in Loudon County.
The victims were taken to Children's Hospital for medical treatment and are under the guardianship of extended family members. The victims' relatives have requested the public respect their privacy and are not providing updates on the physical condition of the children.
The family member told 10News the boys have been removed from the care of Cox and their biological father and will now be taken care of by "loving relatives in a good home."
A spokesperson for the Department of Children's Services the two other children who lived in the mobile home are staying with relatives.
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A Knox County woman has been charged with aggravated child abuse and child abuse.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office Family Crisis Unit arrested Jessica Ann Cox, 36, without incident Tuesday at her home in Farragut. Authorities say she has a criminal history that includes drug possession without a prescription and shoplifting.
According to neighbor Aleasha Gutierrez, there were anywhere from three to five children living in her home off Canton Hollow Road. Gutierrez told 10News deputies arrived at Cox's residence around 8:30 a.m. through the afternoon.
"There was a total of seven or eight actual police cars," she said. "There was like four or five undercover cars and there was an SUV-type vehicle that said 'Forensic Services' on the back."
Gutierrez added that she also saw authorities take containers out of Cox's home and place them into the forensics vehicle.
"They seem like a normal, typical family," Gutierrez said of Cox's residence. "You wouldn't expect anything."
Right now, Cox is being held on a $25,000 bond in the Knox County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility. The Knox County Sheriff's Office is not releasing anymore info on the incident at this point.