NWGA Scanner | October 5th, 2021

Chatsworth couple arrested in Gordon County on 1st degree cruelty to children charges

UPDATE PRESS RELEASE: On Friday, October 1st, deputy sheriffs were dispatched to the local hospital in response to a report of a critically injured toddler in suspicious circumstances. The child, aged 2, was subsequently flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. The investigation quickly became focused on a married couple who were babysitting the child. A number of witnesses were interviewed, and physical evidence was collected during the execution of a search warrant at the apartment where detectives believe the crimes occurred. Detectives subsequently discovered surveillance video from a local business which corroborated initial evidence. The babysitters who’ve been arrested, and who were acquaintances of the child’s family, are identified as Anthony Owenby, age 27, of 1386 US Highway 41, Apartment B4, Calhoun, Georgia and his wife Jacalyn Deanna Owenby, age 24, of the same address. Anthony Owenby has been charged with Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Cruelty to Children (1st Degree). Jacalyn Owenby has been charged with Cruelty to Children (1st Degree) and Giving False Statements. Investigating detectives have reason to believe drugs played a role in this incident. Both defendants are being held in jail pending judicial proceedings. The child is now reported to be in stable condition.

According to a Gordon County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on Friday, October 1st, 2021, a deputy of the Gordon responded to AdventHealth Gordon located at 1035 Red Bud Road in Calhoun in reference to an abuse report. According to the report, the deputy arrived and spoke to the nurse, who stated a two-year-old female juvenile arrived at the hospital not breathing, with a very low pulse. She stated that the family’s account of the injuries was suspicious and did not match the severity. A Gordon County Sheriff’s Office Detective responded to the scene and arrived prior to the deputy’s arrival. The case was released to the detective. At around 2:35 PM, Anthony Roland Ownbey, 27, of Chatsworth, was booked into the Gordon County Jail, charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruelty to child – 1st degree, battery, possession of marijuana, and purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of controlled substances or marijuana. Jacalyn Deanna Ownbey, 24, of Chatsworth, was booked into the Gordon County Jail, charged with cruelty to children – 1st degree, drug-related objects, false statements and writings, marijuana-possess less than 1 oz, and possession of meth. Details regarding the incident are limited at this time, and we will have further once it is released.