Carter County couple charged with aggravated child neglect, abuse


A Carter County couple was arrested earlier this week on charges of aggravated abuse and child neglect. 

Alexandria Nelson, age 18, and Cory Brett Scalf, age 20, were arrested by deputies on Tuesday. 

The sheriff’s office reports their arrests stemmed from an investigation by the Elizabethton Police Department into the neglect of a one-year-old child. 

Investigators’ findings were presented to a Grand Jury last week, and in turn, the couple was indicted on the charges listed above.  

Investigators said they found out between July 2017 and December 2017, the couple “knowingly” abused the child “in such a manner as to adversely affect the child’s health and welfare” resulting “in serious bodily injury to the child”. 

Both Nelson and Scalf are currently behind bars where they each are being held on a $50,000 bond. 

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