Ohio County Man Charged With Murder of Four-Year-Old
Nathaniel W. Tucker, 25, of Horse Branch, Kentucky, has been charged with murder of a four-year-old child, criminal abuse, first degree with children under the age of 12, and assault first degree.
According to police Tucker severely beat three children on Saturday. He was watching Samantha Oakley's children at their home in Hartford.
On Monday the four-year-old was removed from life support at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and later died. The three and five-year-old suffered injuries ranging from bruises to fractures.
The children's mother Samantha Oakley, 23, of Hartford, Kentucky has been charged with criminal abuse, first degree, child under 12. Police say Oakley may have known of the abuse and failed to properly report it.
Tucker and Oakley were arrested on Monday and lodged in the Ohio County Detention Center.
The investigation is ongoing and under the direction of KSP Post 16.