Murphy woman charged with felon child abuse

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MURPHY, N.C.- Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced that on Nov. 20, 2017, Lilyaunna Helene Kiff-Hall, 17, of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested for charges involving injuries to an infant.

On or about Nov. 15, 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a physician at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who stated that earlier in the day an infant was flown from the Martins Creek community in Cherokee County to their hospital as the child was experiencing breathing issues. The physician further explained that after examining the infant, there were injuries that were consistent with child abuse. The information provided was given to Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Department of Social Services.

Upon receiving the information, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office commenced an investigation that included search warrants for the residence of the infant. During the search, items of evidence were collected, which included at least one cellular device.

Kiff-Hall was arrested at the Cherokee County Detention Center on Nov. 20, 2017, and presented to the North Carolina Magistrate who set a $50,000 secure bond for felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Kiff-Hall is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court Dec. 5, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Sheriff Palmer stated, “This is a very sad situation, especially this time of the year. We appreciate the cooperative effort of the Cherokee County Department of Social Services who are partnering with us. Our investigation is far from over, and we expect additional charges as we progress.”

Sheriff Palmer asks if you should have any information concerning this case or any other case, to report suspicious activity and suspected violations of the law and please call 828-837-3144 or submit a tip at crime.tips@cherokeecounty-nc.gov.

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