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Murder in Manchester: Child Victim

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In less than a week, Coffee County has another murder case being investigated. We reported last week about a homicide at Lakewood Park that left a 68 year-old man dead and two people facing charges.
Now this story; On Saturday afternoon personnel from Tennova Harton Hospital in Tullahoma contacted Manchester Police that a child had been brought to the hospital with severe head trauma. The 6-week old child was airlifted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where it passed away around 6 am Sunday morning.
Manchester Chief Investigator Brandon Tomberlin told On Target News that 21 year-old Gavin Clark (the Father) of 1313 McArthur Drive in Manchester was first charged with aggravated child abuse (Haley’s Law). After the child was pronounced deceased, Clark was charged with 1st Degree Murder. He is being housed at the Coffee County Jail under a $2 million bond.
Tomberlin added that an autopsy is being conducted on (Monday) and the case is still under investigation.
Clark will appear in court later this month.

WHAT IS HALEY’S LAW
**Haley’s Law constitutes aggravated child abuse or aggravated child neglect. The law makes it a Class A felony to abuse a child under the age of 9 in a way that leads to bodily injury. A Class A felony is punishable by a minimum 15-year sentence with a maximum of 60 years or life in prison. Under state law, serious bodily injury means bodily injury involving a substantial risk of death and carries with it enhanced punishment.
Haley’s Law was passed following a 2004 case in East Tennessee when “Baby Haley” was found badly abused with burns all over her body. Her eyes were swollen shut and her ears bleeding. She has since made a dramatic recovery.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,461 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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