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'Best interest' plea in abuse case nets 12-year prison term

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Shelbyville man will spend 12 years in prison after making a "best interest" plea to a charge of attempted aggravated child abuse.

James Tyler Cobble, 25, made the plea before Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler Monday for an incident that resulted in his 4-month old daughter suffering a fractured skull.

Cobble was originally charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, child abuse and attempted child abuse following an incident that occurred in September 2011.

Stories didn't match

Assistant district attorney Mike Randles said that Cobble gave conflicting accounts about what happened to the child and how she sustained the injuries, at first claiming that the child had fallen off a bed, according to a report by Shelbyville officer Cody King.

Cobble claimed he placed her on a bed to check on three other children in the home "fighting in the other room." However, paramedics who answered the call told police there was "a lot of bruising on the baby."

Randles also said that during police interviews, Cobble also gave several other excuses how the baby sustained the injuries, including one where he said the baby was hurt by being tossed up in the air and striking her head both on the ceiling and then on her father's forehead.

Doctor's view

Also, an emergency room doctor at Heritage Medical Center told King "the bruising was not consistent with a baby falling off the bed."

The child had a fractured skull and bruising on her forehead, down both sides of her abdomen, under her left leg and on the back of her head.

-- Copy editor David Melson contributed to this report.