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Police: Parents Broke Child's Bones And Gave The Child Beer

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two parents have been arrested after their child was found with broken bones, and police were shocked to learn what may have been given to the child to help with the pain.

Police said after nearly a year-long investigation, they uncovered disturbing details involving those parents who have been in and out of jail and how they've been treating their children. 

Both parents have extensive records. Deviest Patton has been arrested 37 times on 77 different charges. Megan Banks has 27 arrests on her record with 43 individual charges.

"They may not have been convicted of every charge, but they may be on the wrong side of the law more times than not," said Metro Police Captain Gordon Howey. " So it seems to be the pattern."

The most recent allegations against them involve their two-month-old child.

"It was learned that child had a broken arm. It was also discovered by the doctors there at Vanderbilt Hospital that the child had broken vertebrae," said Captain Howey.

Along with broken bones police said further investigation revealed more.

"The baby's father had been giving the baby beer when it would cry after these injuries in an attempt to try to stop the child from crying, soothe pain, I'm not sure for what," Howey added.

The story didn't end there. As Patton and Banks awaited indictments in the child abuse case, police said Banks could not stay out of trouble.

"On the 27th of March, a warrant was outstanding for her on child neglect, and she was involved in a traffic crash," said Howey. "The officer who was working the traffic accident observed a small child who should have been restrained in a car seat in the vehicle and this child was not."

Investigators hope this pattern has now reached its end. 
The child Banks had in the back seat of her car was not the two-month old child, but police said all of their children are now in protective custody.

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