Man arrested in Montgomery County for child abuse, neglect

Courtesy: Clarksville Police Department

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Clarksville man was arrested amid accusations of child abuse, neglect, and domestic abuse.

Cornelio Hunt was taken into custody on Feb. 16 and booked into the Montgomery County jail on $105,000 bond.

According to an affidavit, officers were called to a home on Helton Drive last Thursday afternoon where they were told Hunt reportedly became upset a 3-month-old baby was awake and crying.

Hunt is accused of hitting the baby on the legs before putting a rag in its mouth and covering it with tape.

The arrest affidavit says Hunt is further accused of carrying the baby by the ankles despite pleas by his wife for him to stop, who he then threatened to assault. She was reportedly screaming and for mercy on her baby.

Police say she later left the home with the child at the first safe opportunity, and the baby was taken to Tennova Healthcare and referred for an exam to Our Kids, a Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center in Clarksville.