“I haven’t heard anything today,” Robert Spence of the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office said. “She was still in critical condition. She had two toes amputated while she was up there (Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus), and I haven’t been updated.”
Spence said that under the new HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy laws protecting medical records, his office has not been able to get updated information.
Joseph Gunter, 33; Tina Gunter, 29, and Todd C. Trent, 18, all of 2209 Red Bridge Road, in western Pike County, are each charged with two counts of child endangering.
“So far that is all they have been charged with,” Spence said.
Spence was asked if additional charges might be filed when the case goes to the Pike County Grand Jury.
“It’s possible, yes.”
Spence said the three had their initial appearance in Pike County Court earlier in the week.
“Bond was set at $210,000 cash for all three of them,” Spence said. “If they were released on bond, they are to have no contact with any person under the age of 18.”
Spence was not sure when the trio would have their next court appearance, but said there is usually a first preliminary hearing within 10 days of the original appearance.
FRANK LEWIS may be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.