A north Nashville couple was arrested this week on a grand jury indictment charging them with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.It all began on March 22, 2012 when the daughter of Lavelldo Washington, 34, and Corneisha Wilkerson, 23, was brought by ambulance to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.The couple told authorities that their daughter, 2-month-old Navaeh Washington, woke up screaming. In an interview at the hospital, they said they believed Navaeh was bitten by an insect.The hospital, however, said Navaeh had bruises on both of her legs and her left leg was broken.Authorities began an investigation into Washington and Wilkerson after the incident and Navaeh along with two other children living in their home were removed.One of those children, a 5-year-old, disclosed in an interview that when she was disciplined she was placed into a non-activated oven.Washington and Wilkerson remain in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond each following their arrest.They will be arraigned in the near future.
Neighbors at the Cumberland Pointe Apartments were shocked to hear the allegations against Washington and Wilkerson.
"I don't even know how to feel," said Daphney Hampton, adding, "that's so sad, oh my god an oven?"
"I live right here above them," said a woman who didn't want her name used, "That's nasty. That's sick. You don't punish a child that way. Putting a child in an oven? Really?"
Washington has an extensive criminal background. In 2008 he was convicted of displaying sex acts to a minor under the age of 13. He received a three year sentence for that crime.
Most recently, Washington was charged with failing to register as a sex offender for the second time. He faces a judge for that charge on April 18.