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Pooja Pari Jennings faces one count of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, while Stephen Allen Jennings faces two counts of aggravated child abuse and first-degree murder. Pooja Pari Jennings faces one count of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, while Stephen Allen Jennings faces two counts of aggravated child abuse and first-degree murder.
GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

Update at 9:53 p.m.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released more information about the death of an infant in Greene County, Tennessee.

Here's the full news release:

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Greene County couple for the murder of their infant daughter in September of last year after they were indicted by the Greene County grand jury on Wednesday.

Stephen Jennings, 24, of Greeneville was indicted on one count of first degree murder, one count of aggravated child neglect and one count of aggravated child abuse for the murder of his 8-month-old daughter, Abby Jennings. The infant's mother, Pooja Jennings, 24, of Chuckey, was indicted on one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated child neglect. On September 17, 2012, Abby Jennings was picked up by Greene County EMS at her mother's residence located at 1416 Fairview Road and transported to Laughlin Hospital where she had bruising on various parts of her body and was unresponsive. The same day, she was transported to Johnson City Medical Center and died on September 18. Witnesses advised that Abby had bruising on her body and was lethargic after returning from visiting her father Stephen in his Greeneville residence on September 14. Pooja did not seek medical treatment for the child after she was returned to her residence and in her care throughout the weekend. The couple is married, but are separated and not living together.

 The 3rd Judicial District Attorney General's office requested TBI to investigate the abuse and murder with the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

Stephen and Pooja Jennings were booked into the Greene County Jail today on $1,000,000 bond each.

 

 


 

 

The Greene County District Attorney's Office, the Greene County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are looking into the death of an 8-month-old baby. Sheriff Steve Burns said the baby's mother and father were arrested Friday.

According to the TBI, Pooja Pari Jennings, Chuckey, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child neglect, while Stephen Allen Jennings, Greeneville, is charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect and first-degree murder. Bond for both parents was set at $1,000,000.

District Attorney Berkeley Bell told News Channel 11 the "child was beaten to death." He added the case dates back a couple of months. 

The report from the Greene County Sheriff's Department says the child was taken to Laughlin Memorial Hospital in September of 2012. According to Bell, the child was transported to and died at Johnson City Medical Center.

The report from the Sheriff's Department says the child had bruising and bite marks on its arm.

News Channel 11 has a crew in Greene County working to get you the details. We will bring you more information on News Channel 11 and on wjhl.com.

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