Elizabethton woman charged with child neglect

From Staff Reports

   An Elizabethton woman was arrested Friday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jesus Pena and charged with child neglect following investigation by Criminal Investigation Division Detective Anthony Buck and the Department of Children's Services.
   According to the report, on July 12 officers went to the home of Kimberly S. Long, 35, and Marbel Estudillo Pinto, 20, to assist DCS in removing a child from the home after receiving a complaint the same day from staff at Harold McCormick Elementary School.
   Officers were told that when the child was dropped off at Harold McCormick that morning, Pinto advised them the boy had injured his arm in a bicycle accident the previous day. When asked about the injury, the child reported that Pinto had twisted his arm behind his back when he did not do what he told him.
   Long was instructed by DCS to take the child to the doctor, where it was confirmed that the child's arm was sprained. On July 17, the child was taken to the Criminal Investigation Division where he was interviewed by Detective Buck and Ptl. Pena. The child said he was afraid of Pinto and that Pinto had injured his arm. He also advised them that Pinto had burned him on the top of the head with a curling iron. The child had three places on his head that appeared to have been caused by a burn. He also drew a picture of a curling iron and stated to officers that he had told his mother about Pinto injuring his arm but that she did not do anything about it.
   Detective Buck contacted Long in an attempt to set up an interview, however, she was not very cooperative, according to the report. Long also told officers she did not know where Pinto was. Long has a court appearance set for today in General Sessions Court.