Couple who allegedly held boy in wooden box scheduled for trial
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 02, 2011 | 3897 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The year starts off with a week of jury trials for Bartow County Superior Court.

On Monday, Judge Scott Smith and Judge Carey Nelson are expected to start proceedings on a number of cases that Deputy District Attorney Mickey Thacker said are high on the priority list.

Among the cases on Judge Smith's docket are that of Christopher and Heather Leslie.

Each are charged with six counts of first degree cruelty to children and six counts of false imprisonment.

"These charges pertain to one child," Thacker said.

Thacker said the couple allegedly placed a child in a wooden box back in March 2010.

According to indictment and arrest warrants, the 7-year-old was locked in a wooden container with "inadequate ventilation" twice on March 28 and 29. The latter date caused bruising on his right arm and knee. Prior to those suspected incidents the couple allegedly bound the boy in a sleeping bag, forcing him to eat cayenne pepper.

The Euharlee case was brought to light after a Department of Family and Children Service inquiry.

High on Judge Nelson's docket is the Metro PCS store armed robbery, which involves Henry Antonio Taylor, Corey Mandrill Thompson and Kristy Nicole Richardson.

They are being charged with armed robbery and false imprisonment.

According to Sgt. Jonathan Rogers, Richardson is suspected of driving Taylor and Thompson to the store located at 110 Merchants Square.

Investigators recovered video surveillance of the incident which allegedly happened on July 29, 2010.

Thacker said Kurt Demon Reynolds is also expected to be on Nelson's docket. Reynolds is charged with two counts of sale of cocaine. The sales allegedly occurred in January 2009.

The last jury trials for Bartow County were held in early December. A week long of trials included guilty convictions in a child molestation case and attempted rape. There was also a mistrial in a child molestation case. Court begins at 9 a.m. starting with jury selection.