Athens County couple convicted of child abuse missing since trial

Samuel Thompson (left) and Kayla Fannon (right) (Courtesy: Athens County Prosecutor's Office)

ATHENS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Authorities in Athens County are asking for the public's help to locate a couple who disappeared from their trial before they were convicted of severely injuring their infant girl.

Warrants were issued for Kayla Ann Fannon, 26, and Samuel A. Thompson, 31, both of Nelsonville, who haven't been seen since Thursday. Both were in the middle of a trial facing child endangering and permitting child abuse charges, in which they were ultimately convicted.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller J. Blackburn said Fannon and Thompson caused serious physical harm to their three-month-old. The child was admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital on March 1, 2014, where doctors said she had 25 broken bones to her ribs, legs, fingers, toes, arms, shoulders, and multiple skull fractures along with a significant brain injury.

“Kayla Fannon and Samuel Thompson will not be fully held accountable for their actions until they are arrested and brought before the Court for sentencing," said Blackburn.

The child was placed in custody of Athens County Children Services on December 9, 2014, and has since been adopted by her foster parents. Blackburn said she's shown significant progress over the last two-and-a-half years.

Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is urged to contact the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office at (740) 592-3208.

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