Neth and Lester

Derek Neth and Hattie Lester

A Lincoln County man and woman are in custody on felony child abuse charges.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Derek Neth, 39, allegedly burned a child younger than 12-years-old on his feet with a cigarette. Three days later, 23-year-old Hattie Lester took the child to a local hospital.

Lester has been charged with felony child abuse and felony child endangerment. The Honorable Judge Pat Flynn denied bond, as Lester is deemed to be a flight risk. Lester is currently at the Lincoln County Jail.

Neth was charged with felony child abuse or neglect. Judge Quinn set a $100,000, cash-only bond for Neth with no contact with the victim. Neth is currently housed in the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center.

(All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)