Couple Charged, Accused of Child Neglect in Son’s Burn Injury

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WDEF) – A Jonesborough couple accused of mistreating their child has been arrested and charged following an investigation by Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

TBI Agents began investigating Billy Ray and Whitney Danielle Gunter on Friday, shortly after doctors at Niswonger Children’s Hospital discovered a burn injury on the bottom of their three-year-old child’s foot while treating him for an seizure.

During the course of the investigation, with the assistance of the Jonesborough Police Department and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Agents were able to gather information showing that actions by the boy’s parents contributed to the burn injury approximately three weeks ago.

Billy Ray, 34, and Whitney Danielle, 28, were arrested Friday night by Agents with TBI and charged with one count each of Aggravated Child Neglect.

Authorities booked each individual into the Washington County Jail on $50,000 bond.

*Photo via TBI

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