Child abuse trial set for Thursday

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Jury selection is scheduled for Thursday morning in the trial of a Lewisburg woman who was arrested in June when she was charged with child abuse and neglect of her four-year-old grandson.

Kimberly Blossom Knois, 44, of Colburn Drive was indicted on Sept. 17 by the Marshall County Grand Jury on three counts of abuse after an Aug. 19 hearing when General Sessions Court Judge Steve Bowden ruled there was probable cause to send the case toward trial in Circuit Court.

Knois pleaded not guilty to Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler on Oct. 8 during a hearing with her defense attorney, Mark Kenneth Green of Columbia.

Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard is scheduled to prosecute Knois.

Lewisburg Police Detective Scott Braden investigated the case that was brought to the attention of authorities by hospital staff at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia where Knois' grandson was treated in June.

In a statement obtained by Braden and signed by Knois, the grandmother explains she took the child to the hospital after he appeared to drink motor oil.

Oil had been dribbled on the boy's face and the front of his shirt, the detective said this week while relying information from medical personnel.

Hospital officials informed Braden that the child apparently didn't swallow oil, but the physical examination of the boy led to other observations, the detective said.