Case of Knox County woman accused of handcuffing kids to cabinet

Case of Knox County woman accused of handcuffing kids to cabinet bound to grand jury

Jessica Cox Jessica Cox

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The case of a Knox County woman facing aggravated child abuse charges for handcuffing two boys to cabinets and beating and burning their bodies was bound over to the grand jury on Wednesday.

Jessica Cox, 36, was arrested by deputies at her Canton Hollow Drive home in West Knox County in May.

According to an arrest warrant, Cox repeatedly handcuffed the two brothers to each other and then to kitchen cabinets.

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Cox's 14-year-old stepson took the stand describing the alleged months of abuse of him and his brother at the hands of Cox and his father. The teen said the abuse ranged from being handcuffed to a cabinet to being beaten with an extension cord and a hammer.

The boy's biological father, Mike McIntosh, also took the stand, denying he ever saw Cox lay a hand on the children. McIntosh said he was the one who used handcuffs, and he only did it on two occasions.

He said he did it to send a message to the boys, who were troublemakers.

The prosecution did raise concerns about raising Cox's bond because of possible contact between her and the boys on Facebook. The judge warned her that no contact was allowed.

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