Child Abuse Case Continued

The case of a west Alabama couple accused of child abuse was on the court docket in Choctaw County Wednesday.

21-year-old Tineisha Butler, and her boyfriend, Lakendrick Holley, 25, were arrested in January, after emergency responders were called to the home.

Butler and Holley face charges of abuse involving Butler's two-year-old daughter.

The case was continued after defense attorneys requested mental evaluations for the defendants.

According to investigators, the child showed signs of being brutally beaten and starved.

"I just wanted to cry, because I had to ride in the back all the way to Jackson, and that's all I could do," said Jeffrey Gaines, the father of the 2-year-old victim. "I want custody, full custody."

Gaines says he not only wants custody of his daughter but also his three-year-old son. Both children were living with Butler when she was arrested.

According to investigators, the three-year-old did not have any apparent signs of abuse.

"We feel real, real good about this case," said Sheriff James Lovette. "We've got some good statements from the nurses and doctors that tended to these children. We have real good cases with both cases."

Lovette said Holley and Butler could possibly go to trial as early as May.


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  • by sue on Apr 12, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    So glad to see some real people commenting for a change! I, a non family member reported terrible abuse some years ago & nothing was done. Years later the uncle & step-father were jailed for sexual abuse & the children are grown & messed today. Sad & unnecessary situation. Thank God I know I did all I could even though the outcome is still bad & probably will be for many generations to come in that family.
  • by mad as hell on Apr 11, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    to you mr/ms georgia ....you should have the life beat out of you for even suggesting such a stupid comment. i wish you could have seen this baby, her lifeless non-breathing bruised and scared body just like i did. how dare you...a set up? and if the child was abused? you need to pray for God to have mercy on you....but then again, nevermind he may think it's a set up.
  • by someone Location: somewhere on Apr 11, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    DHS is a joke. Christie you told it right. They protect themselves from being held accountable for the wrong they do to the children. Not to mention the families that try to do whats right. My friend and her son have been all but crucified by DHS because they want the case to just go away. What they where actually told by a DHS worker to them. Seeing my friend and her son go thru the hell that DHS has put them thru because they believe in reunification with the mother and she beat her children to almost non-recognition, they are a waste of taxpayers money. They should be investigated by the Department of Justice and all the DHS workers in Lauderdale County to be fired. I wonder just how many people in Lauderdale county have been victims of DHS.
  • by Christie on Apr 9, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    If this Father and his family tried to involve and get help for this child from DHS they were wasting their time. DHS takes it as a way to bother the other family and not as an actually claim. And they most always side with the custodian parent. They needed $1500 to retain an Attorney so that they could stop the abuse. But you will never know if they did go to DHS on on the mother because of the DHS file protection laws. So dont slam this father because he may have tried to get the child help. Not his fault that the system does not work. Family members statements and claims mean nothing. So when you see an abuse child you as a NON family members needs to get involved. NON Family Members are the only people who are believed or taking serious in this abuse claims.
  • by Christie Location: Lauderdale County MS on Apr 9, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    DHS is a joke you report abuse to them and they do nothing. They refuse to believe a mother will hurt her child and try only to keep children w/ the abusive mothers. Then they demand servicing agreement, parenting classes and drug testing for the non-abusive father. DHS files are consealed to protect themselves from being liable for the harm or death of these children who are abused because they did nothing to stop the abuse. Our kids mean nothing to them, its just a game and they are just looking for their next paycheck. I saw a 2 years child with over 20 brusing on the childs body and when the upset father complained to DHS, they asked the mother about it, the mother said she did not do it. Case closed and child still always covered in bruses. The child says "Mama did it." So now the father are retained an attorney and is taking photos and building a case againist the mother without DHS being involved. DHS only believe and act on abuse claims made by outsiders and NOT family members.
  • by Anonymous Location: Georgia on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    I don't think this is what happen, I think it was a set up. Because if the child was abused, how have it been going on this long without someone noticing it. If it happened then neither one of the family deserves the kids such as the mother or father.
  • by someone Location: somewhere on Apr 8, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    If CPS or DHS new this was going on and ignored the fact until it was life threatening they should be held accountable. They are a waste of tax payers money. I know a lady who son was on trial for abuse and didn't even now it, he was trying to protect his children. DHS allowed the children to go off with the mother knowing she abused them. Its called reunification. I call it neglegence. The youngest came back with bruising on the body, DHS is still allowing the children to visit the mother, knowing this. They should be charged with negligence.
  • by Lady Location: Meridian on Apr 8, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    They need to beat the two of them and not feed them like they did to this child and let them see and feel what it was like for her.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    I don't think this child needs to be with anyone in her mother's or father's family. Where HAVE these concerned relatives been for the last year. This little girl's problems didn't just start. The father can save the crocodile tears and stand on trial with the poor excuse of a mother. And where was the concerned DHS?
  • by Beverly Location: Meridian on Apr 7, 2010 at 10:48 PM
    Monsters like the mother needs her kids taken away for good,(if she is quilty) Did the father know what was going on in the house,,Maybe before we give the father his kids lets find out his visiting record and why he didn't know this was going on with his kids,, Abuse is not a one time thing.....
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