A Jeffersonville man and woman accused of badly beating a 3-year-old girl have been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury on charges of felonious assault and endangering children.
David M.P. Groves, 21, and Laryssa J. Groves, 23, were arraigned Dec. 30 in Fayette County Common Pleas Court and both pleaded “not guilty” to second-degree felonious assault, second-degree felony endangering children, and two counts of third-degree felony endangering children. On each count of endangering children, the grand jurors further found and specified that the violations that allegedly occurred on Nov. 19 “resulted in serious physical harm to the child.”
The couple filed affidavits of indigence setting forth their assets, earnings and expenses. The court found that both defendants are entitled to the appointment of counsel. Susan Wollscheid was appointed as Laryssa Groves’s attorney and Thomas Arrington was appointed as David M.P. Groves’s attorney.
Both are scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 25 in Common Pleas Court.
As previously reported by the Record-Herald, on Nov. 19 Laryssa J. Groves took her 3-year-old stepdaughter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus due to injuries the girl had sustained, according to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. The child reportedly had severe bruising and swelling around the face, head, neck and back areas.
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Sgt. Chuck Kyle, the investigator on the case, said the injuries sustained were “by far the worst I’ve ever seen to a child.” A Nationwide doctor reportedly told authorities that the injuries were “not accidental.”
The FCSO initiated an investigation and two “forensic interviews” with the child were conducted.
Laryssa Groves, of 371 Yorkshire Drive, was arrested on Dec. 4 and charged. Then on Dec. 10, her husband, David M.P. Groves, 21, was also charged.
Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352.