2 arrested in Parsons child abuse case

PARSONS, Kan. – Two people face child abuse charges in Parsons, Kansas after authorities find a 2-year-old with bruising and possibly broken bones.

On November 9, 2020, the Department of Children and Families asked Parsons Police officers to accompany them to a home in the 3300 block of Grand for an anonymous tip of child abuse involving a 2-year-old girl.

While at the house, the Parsons Police Department says they found that the reports were “sustained,” and the child had a large amount of bruising that would not constitute normal discipline measures.

Because of the extent of bruising and possibility of broken bones, they took the child to Children’s Mercy for medical evaluation. The child was placed in Police Protective Custody.

Police arrested Nathan Lee Leatherwood, 22, and his girlfriend Halle Yulia Parish, 22, both of Parsons, for suspicion of Child Abuse and Aggravated Battery.

In Court on November 13, 2020, a judge gave both $25,000 cash/surety bonds.

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “I am at a loss for words on cases like these. We hope as a society that we have evolved into caring and compassionate human beings, but then cases like this rear their ugly head and the reality sets in. There is evil lurking in every corner of the world and this is evident even in our small city. As we try to move forward and do good in Parsons, we are reminded that as a community we have failed to protect this innocent child from being victimized. This is what haunts law enforcement officers daily. It’s not the chases or the fights or the constant vigilance, it’s the failed interventions which have to be triggered by community members, and the looks on the faces of victims. I sincerely hope that as a community and the system as a whole, we can reach out and get this child the help that is needed and deserved to get her through this abhorrent period of her life. We will continue to face these evils daily, not only for the silent majority of supporters, but for the innocents that have no guardian to shield them.”

The Parsons Police Department is still investigating.

If you have information about this or other crimes in the Parsons area, call the Police Department at 421-7060, the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com.