Alan Reed/News Zachariah Keen was arraigned on three felony charges this morning in Knox County Court of Common Pleas. Keen, center, appeared before Judge Otho Eyster with attorney Doug Shaw.
MOUNT VERNON — Arraignment on three felony charges for Zachariah Keen, 19, were heard this morning in Knox County Court of Common Pleas. Keen was indicted Feb. 18 on a second-degree felony of felonious assault, a second-degree felony for child endangering and a third-degree felony also for child endangering.
The charges stem from an incident where Keen was baby-sitting for his live-in girlfriend’s son, then 5-month-old Hunter Hammons, who suffered second- and third-degree burns on his body and has since had his lower left leg amputated. Keen made a 911 call on Jan. 17 requesting an ambulance for the infant. Hunter is now in resident parental custody of his father, Zach Hammons, who is on emergency leave from the Army.
Knox County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Miller recommended a $100,000 cash surety bond with no 10 percent provision. He said that the seriousness of the charges warrant sentencing and prison time.
A plea of not guilty was entered by Keen’s attorney, Doug Shaw, who asked Judge Otho Eyster to consider that Keen has strong ties to the community, has no prior criminal record and is fully employed. Prior to being incarcerated, Keen was living with his parents near Howard.
Eyster set bond of $100,000 with a 10 percent provision and stated Keen is to have no contact with Hunter.
Keen was returned to the Knox County Jail. A trial date has not been set.