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Robert Blevins charged with two counts of child abuse, neglect

Robert C. Blevins of Cooper Fork Road in Mountain City was charged last week with two counts of child abuse and neglect.
The charges stemmed from an incident at Johnson City Medical Center on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 when Blevins reportedly left his two children, both under the age of six, in the car alone while he went inside the hospital emergency room to check on his wife.
According to court records, his wife, Tabitha Mahala, was being treated for an overdose.
Blevins said he asked a nurse to check on the children within five to 10 minutes after going inside. Apparently hospital medical staff thought there was a problem with their care and called the police.
Officer Adam Lunceford wrote in the court affidavit, “The medical staff thinks the children may have been left in the car between 30 minutes to an hour.”
The court affidavit stated that both children needed a diaper change and a bath and one had a rash.
Officials also notified Child Protective Services and the agency was reportedly taking steps to remove the children from the home.
Blevins was arraigned on the charges the next day and held on a $20,000 bond.