Detectives investigate apparent case of severe child abuse

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 8:02pm
Staff reports

Youth Services detectives are investigating an apparent case of severe child abuse involving a 6-month-old girl, Metro police officials said Wednesday afternoon.

In connection with the incident, police Wednesday arrested Robert Simmons on two counts of violating the provisions of the state’s sex offender registry law. Simmons is charged with violating the statutory prohibition that prevents him from residing with minors (due to his conviction), and with failing to report his true address, as required by law, to the Board of Probation and Parole. 

On Tuesday, North Precinct officers were called to Room 132 of the Hallmark Inn on West Trinity Lane at 6:50 p.m. on a report of an unresponsive child who was not breathing.  Officer Michael Hotz arrived and found that the baby, Heaven Hamilton, had no detectable pulse or respirations. Heaven was rushed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with extreme head trauma. The child is in critical condition.

An investigation by Youth Services Detectives Tom Rollins and Mike Clark revealed that Simmons, the boyfriend of Heaven’s mother, Rose Hamilton, babysat Heaven Tuesday while Hamilton was away. During the day, Simmons was also watching three other children, ages 4, 3 and 1, who were staying at the motel. When Hamilton returned to the motel room, she found that Heaven was in distress with a swollen head and called for help, police said.

Simmons, 35, is a convicted sex offender who received a six-year sentence in 2006 for attempted aggravated sexual battery against a child under the age of 13. In connection with that conviction, Simmons is subject to community supervision for life under the authority of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole. 

Detectives interviewed Simmons on Tuesday night and Wednesday. He remains under investigation in connection with the injuries suffered by Heaven and is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $60,000 bond. State Probation and Parole is in the process of obtaining a warrant charging Simmons with violating the probation he received in relation to his conviction last July for violating the state’s sex offender registry law.

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3 Comments on this post:

By: bgtmgiantsfan on 5/19/11 at 5:58

You sometimes wonder where the head of the mother has been. Did she know that her boyfriend was a convicted child molester? How can a mother leave her baby, the most precious thing she has, alone with someone she had been living with for only a month (or that is how long they stated he had been living with her)? I know I may be old fashioned but my son was not left with anyone when he was that age. If I went someplace, he went with me unless it was somewhere that a child couldn't go and then I didn't go either, I stayed home with him. He was my first and foremost responsibility and making sure that he was safe was all that mattered.

This guy may not have sexually molested the baby (they have not said one way or the other) but he was left alone with 3 other children all under the age of 5 and who knows what he did with them. Lock this guy up and throw away the key! How in the world did he get convicted of molesting another child under the age of 13 and is out of jail/prison in less than a year? The jails may be over crowded but turning someone like this back out into society where he can harm more children less than a year after he was convicted of doing it once is not my idea of justice (for the victim) or protecting whatever community he goes back to live in.

My heart goes out to this little girl, not sure if her mother deserves sympathy as it was her stupidity that allowed her child to be injured but she will have to live the rest of her life knowing that her daughters life/future (if she does survive this) will be forever changed and probably destroyed due to her actions.

By: Cookie47 on 5/19/11 at 10:07

There's a real special place in Hell for this guy. The state needs to jail these POS animals and throw away the key.

With the grace of God, this little girl will get better and hopefully never have to see this man or her inept mother again.

By: MamaG on 5/19/11 at 10:10

This is just disgusting!! Cut his @*!$ off!!!!!!

If they are living at the Hallmark Inn at Trinity Lane, I would wager money they are drug users, as that seems to be the only kind of folks who live in places over there along Trinity and Dickerson Rd.