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Burned Mt. Vernon Baby is Expected to Have Leg Amputated
KNOX COUNTY (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) -- A family's frustration with Mt. Vernon police intensified as they learned a burned baby's leg will have to be amputated.
According to officials, there was only one person taking care of six-month-old Hunter Hammons when the child suffered severe burns. Three weeks after the incident, the investigation is still open but police have made no arrests or filed charges.
"I'm at a loss," said Garry Hammons, Hunter's grandfather. "I'm beating my head against a brick wall."
Hammons said the child is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday to amputate part of his leg. He and his wife have demanded answers from the police that they say they haven't been getting.
"Nothing's been done," said Judy Hammons, Hunter's grandmother. "Every time we call to find out what's going on with the investigation, it's the same story: It's still under investigation."
Police dispute that nothing has been done. Mt. Vernon police detectives as well as a sheriff's detective specializing in child abuse have apparently been looking into the case.
The Knox County prosecutor declined to speak on camera, but said he sympathizes with the family's situation and knows they want answers. He said part of the problem is that there are only two people who know what happened that day, and one of them is a six-month-old who cannot tell police what happened to him.
Investigators would not talk about the specifics of the case either, but Hunter's grandparents said doctors found fractures on the child that they said were not caused by an accident.