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Cohutta couple arrested on assault and felony child cruelty charges in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On March 15th, 2022, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Whitfield County DFACS in reference to possible child abuse of a three-year-old male child. A detective spoke with the DFACS supervisor, who provided the following information. According to the report, “On this date, DFACS took custody of a three-year-old child. Who’s biological parents have a history of drug use. “The child has been in the custody of Kevan Lawrance Rymer, 35, of Dry Valley Road, Cohutta, and Tamara Lea Rymer, 32, of Dry Valley Road, Cohutta, for the past six months. The Rymers were granted custody of the child in June 2021 by Bradley County DFACS. According to the report, “Tamara Rymer has two children from a previous marriage, and the children live with their father in Chatsworth, GA. The children were visiting their mother this past weekend. The children returned home, and the children advised their father that they saw their mother and Kevan beat and hit the child with a wooden paint stick.” A complaint was made to Whitfield County DFACS that the child was being physically abused by the Rymers. According to the report, “A home visit was conducted by DFACS, and the child does have several bruises on his body and face. The child also has a caved-in chest, and he is extremely underweight and malnourished.” The Rymers denied abusing the child, and they stated that he fell out of a car and also hurt himself. The Rymers advised that they no longer wanted the child, and they relinquished custody to Whitfield DFACS. DFACS transported him to TC Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga to be evaluated and treated. The Whitfield County detective traveled to DEFACS and observed he had bruises on his buttocks, back legs, face and all over his body. The detective observed his chest was sunk in, and his stomach was protruding. On April 28th, 2022, Both Rymers were booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with first-degree cruelty to children and battery (family violence).