Two Charged in Alleged Child Abuse Case

21-year-old Tineisha Butler and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Lakendrick Holley, have been charged in connection with an alleged case of abuse of Butler's 2-year-old daughter in Choctaw County, Ala.

"It was one of the worst child abuse cases I've ever seen," said Sheriff James Lovette.

Lovette said the investigation was prompted after emergency workers responded to a call at 307 Spring Drive in Butler.

"They called and said the child was sick and there were some marks, and they said she had fell," said Lovette.

Lovette says severe bruises were visible and the child was transported to a hospital in Meridian.

"It was basically just that they were beating the child, with belts. They were actually, from what we understand, they were maybe starving this child, too," said the sheriff. "Sometimes possibly two to three days (at a time) they said."

Sheriff Lovette says it's possible that the abuse went on for a year or longer.
The sheriff also said Butler had a 3-year-old who lived in the house. He says there were no signs of that child being abused, but with the investigation ongoing, the child has been removed from the home.

Lovette says Butler is now 9 months pregnant. With the investigation ongoing, once that child is born, he said it will immediately be placed within the custody of a relative.

Since being arrested Butler and Holley have bonded out of jail for $50,000 each. Their cases are expected to go before a grand jury in February.

"I think there's no doubt about it, we've got a good case against them," said Lovette.


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  • by kianna Location: new jersey on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    u knoe whaty that girl going to have to answer to god and when that day cuming god got something for her ... that child will be living her life peaceful i ask god to put his heeling hand on her
  • by anonymous Location: butler on Feb 14, 2010 at 08:53 PM
    from what i hear the child wasn't breathing when the emts got there. when a parent hurts a child bad enough to cause them to quit breathing, its ok because they was abused as a child? are you serious? i was abused as a child. i never treated my babies that way. behavior is learned. so is knowing right from wrong. when butler became an adult, she should have known better. to you, mr/ms exuse maker, what if that child had died? would that have been ok just because butler had a bad childhood? will it be ok if she abuses or kills the new baby because abuse is all she knows? will you listen to yourself? that's whats wrong with people like her,people like you. what do you say when you pray for the child "lord heal her body and mind. help her remember its not her mom's fault.she couldn't help it when she looked her child in the eyes starved her for days and beat her until she stopped breathing. let this child grow up knowing it's ok to abuse because she has been abused." god have mercy on you.
  • by anonymous Location: bulter on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:49 PM
    stop making excuses for this girl,ever if she did have a horrible childhood.that don't give her the reason to treat her child like she was treat.if she had a bad child hood then that should give her good reason to love her child because after all that child didn't ask to be her. you should abuse your child instead you should love them. she knew what she was doning and she sould still be in jail and shouldn't never have children again.no matter how bad her childhood was that still was wrong.SHE NOT THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD THAT HAD A BAD CHILDHOOD.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    AS to people who say look into the mothers past. I was horribly abused as a child. I now have 3 children of my own. She should have broke that chain like I did. I adore my babies and will never lay a hand on them, people who continue these crimes againsts children should be given a taist of the old school south and hang till they pay for these crimes. I pray to the good lord for this child.
  • by democratic beauty Location: Misssissippi on Feb 8, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    I personally know Tineisha Butler and her family. Before everyone condemns Tineisha, someone needs to take a look into her past. Tineisha had a very, very, horrible childhood. According to some of the best theorists, behavior is learned. So maybe abuse is all that she knows. I am praying for the child.
  • by disbelief Location: Northort,Aabama on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    First,I want everyone to pray for this child.How can anyone do this to a child? I dont know the whole story,but the little I have read Butler and Holley should be ashamed and still in jail.I'm a native of Butler and I'm really ashamed to admit it.I have young daughters,but couldn't imagine anyone treating them like this. Sheriff,the county has already made us look bad with Medell Banks case.When you find a case like that someone go to jail for a long time.The DA and Judge kept medell for a few years and no baby was found.I guess his family didn't have LAND. I'm ashamed to be a Choctaw County native.People get out and VOTE get someone to represent you. Thank the EMT for reporting it.GOD bless you all.
  • by angie Location: alabama on Feb 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    First of all, there is no need for name calling. I am neither stupid nor an idiot. I will be the first to admit that I don't know much about how the justice system works. What I do know, regardless of how things are supposed to work, is that Butler left the jail per the Sheriff of Choctaw County without any kind of bond. I never commented on Holley's bond. It may very well have come from a judge. I don't know. I do know it wasn't a $50,000 bond as it was reported to the news crew. Either way, neither one of them should have been turned loose so easily. Let's not forget why they were there to begin with. As far as improper grammar, you left out your apostrophe in I'm, you should have put a comma behind sorry, yall is slang, and works shold have been work. Things is plural. Everybody makes mistakes.
  • by Anonymous Location: Butler on Jan 31, 2010 at 08:12 PM
    Im sorry but how stupid can you people be? Do yall not realize that a judge sets bond not the Sheriff or his office. It's no wonder Choctaw County is bad off, because idiots like yall dont understand the way things works. The Judge sets bond. Learn proper grammar, learn how the justice system works, and please learn how to spell.
  • by angie Location: alabama on Jan 31, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    in response to anonymous on jan 30th post....it is fact that it was not up to ANY judge on the day the sheriff let the woman go without ANY kind of bond/bail. he made that decision for himself. and i agree about where was everybody else that knew and never said a word, where were they and why didn't they say something already? as far as dhr,if they had been involved already then the children should have been long gone from that household and i can assure you this to0, they may have to be the ones to "call the law in" but so do we. EMS is required by law to report any kind of neglect and/or abuse no matter the age. all we can do is report. punishment and accountability as far as i know it to be is still up to the law, be it in the field or in the court room, is it not?
  • by bentley Location: butler,al on Jan 30, 2010 at 08:28 PM
    I just want to say that I am very very mad about this case here there is no reason that a baby should be done like this... i dont care if you are white black yellow purple or green with polka dot.... these two people should not even be walking the streets free...that baby is in the hospital suffering from what they did to it and they NEED to suffer theirselves...I dont care how but it needs to be soon ....PLEASE lovette put them two on the court house square here in butler and let people take turns beating them and starving them like they did their baby ...let them see how a innocent childs feels when they have sorry low down parents that bring them in this world and treat them like some animal....babies are not asked to be brung into this horrible cruel world that we live in today...it takes two to tango ....you know how to stop it
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      by kianna on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:58 AM in reply to bentley
      i agreee
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