Rhea Couple Remain In Jail Without Bond in Child's Death

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 9/18/2013 6:26 pm
DAYTON, TN. (WDEF)-- A Rhea county couple facing felony first degree murder and child abuse charges will remain in jail without bond.
A preliminary hearing was held Wednesday afternoon for Jessica Robbins and Bradley Adcox.
Investigators revealed more details about the death of little Landon Robbins from blunt force trauma.

It was an hour and a half hearing that allowed the prosecution and defense attorneys for both the mother and her companion to question the top investigator.
The testimony was graphic, and at times painful for those who heard it.

ROCKY POTTER, INVESTIGATOR, RHEA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT. "Thursday the 29th laid all three kids down around 7:30...at about 8:30 we checked on them and they were all three were awake. We asked Landon what he wanted for punishment, and he said eat cigarette butts.The ashtray was on the counter so we let him pickup the butts to eat. He had probably ate 5 or 6 butts and he threw up on the floor."

Twenty four year old Jessica Robbins and her three children has been living with 22-year old Bradley Adcox in this 25 foot camper in Spring City since last July.
Five year old Landon Robbins was the oldest.
All three, according to testimony were forced to eat cigarette butts or drink dish washer soap as punishment.
Potter continued to read from the mother's statement.

ROCKY POTTER "We both would whip the kids for not going to sleep on time, but Landon would never take him seriously..and would laugh at him. Bradley hated to be laughed at ..And would whip him more and more."

Landon Robbins, according to a medical examiner died from blunt force trauma.
Both adults said part of the boys injuries were from hitting his head on a swing the day before he died.
But testimony from the detective indicted he even had suspicious bite marks on his back.

Defence attorneys for Robbins and Adcox questioned Potter closely, and challenged some of his statements, but they were not able to persuade Judge Jimmy McKenzie to release them on bond.
Outside the courtroom, Landon's paternal grandfather wonders why no one stopped what he calls the obvious abuse before it was too late. .

JERRY WELLS, LANDON'S GRANDFATHER "There's no way possible that that stuff happened to him just in a matter of a day or so..that was long term abuse..every week..it had to have been noticed by somebody."

Despite Mr. Wells suspicions of drug use, or alcohol consumption by Robbins and Adcox, there was no mention of that in today's hearing.
The case has been bound over to the Rhea county grand jury which meets on October 6th.



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Here2Opine - 9/20/2013 10:55 AM
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This type of case makes me miss the good ole days of public hangings. This type of evil cannot be cured.
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