Roane County Woman Charged with Abuse of a Corpse

A Roane County woman is facing an abuse of a corpse charge after giving birth and the baby being found dead.

On Saturday, February 24, at 11:19am, officers with the Kingston Police Department arrived at a home on Rosedale Avenue. According to a press release by the KPD, officers had information that a woman had given birth to an infant and the infant was dead.

Officers made contact with a 34-year-old female, Amanda Cooper. Cooper advised officers that she had given birth to a baby earlier and the baby was still in the residence. The infant was found dead wrapped in a sheet on a bed behind the couch where Amanda Cooper was sitting. Medical Examiner Thomas Boduch was on scene and verified the infant was dead.

EMS took Amanda Cooper to receive medical treatment. Members of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as well as agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation came to the scene and assisted with the investigation.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. The residence was processed and the infant was sent for autopsy.

An arrest warrant was issued for Amanda Cooper for the charge of 39-17-312 Abuse of a Corpse. Amanda Cooper was released from receiving medical treatment, placed under arrest and transported to the Roane County Detention Center.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Amanda Hope Cooper

AGE: 34 – White – Female

Booking Number: 27814

Booked: 2/24/24

Arresting Agency: Kingston PD

Arresting Date/Time: 2/24/24 – 7:39pm

Bond: $0

Charges: 1 – Abuse of corpse or sale or purchase of buried human skeletal remains

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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