Greene County couple indicted for death of 8-month-old daughter

Greene County couple indicted for death of 8-month-old daughter

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(Source: Greene County Sheriff's Office) Stephen Jennings, 24, faces first degree murder and child abuse charges. (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Office) Stephen Jennings, 24, faces first degree murder and child abuse charges.
(Source: Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home) 8-month-old Abby Jennings was found bruised and unresponsive at her mother's home. She died the follow day on Sept. 18, 2012. (Source: Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home) 8-month-old Abby Jennings was found bruised and unresponsive at her mother's home. She died the follow day on Sept. 18, 2012.

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - A Greene County couple is now facing charges for the death of their infant daughter in September 2012.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, on Sept. 17, 2012, 8-month-old Abby Jennings was picked up by Greene County EMS at her mother's residence located at 1416 Fairview Road. Abby was found with bruising on various parts of her body and was unresponsive. The infant later died at Johnson City Medical Center on Sept. 18.

Witnesses advised that Abby had bruising on her body and was lethargic after returning from visiting her father Stephen in his Greeneville residence on September 14.

Investigators believe Pooja Jennings did not seek medical treatment for the child after she was returned to her care throughout the weekend. The couple is married, but are separated and not living together.

Stephen Jennings, 24, and Pooja Jennings, 24, were both indicted by the Greene County grand jury on Wednesday.

Stephen Jennings was indicted on one count of first degree murder, one count of aggravated child neglect and one count of aggravated child abuse for the murder of his 8-month-old daughter, Abby Jennings. The child's mother Pooja Jennings was indicted on one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated child neglect.

They were booked into the Greene County Jail today on $1,000,000 bond each.

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