A defendant’s court appearance Thursday had to be canceled when she was arrested in the courtroom for a new, sealed indictment for child endangerment.
Fawn Kemp, 36, was out on bond for injury to a child and was in 89th District Court for a status hearing. The indictment alleges child endangerment by criminal negligence.
Kemp was arrested in September 2016 when police officers said a CPS worker and officer were called to a school to check the bruising on a 9-year-old girl. They said the girl told them her mother tried to give her medicine the night before and when she tried to avoid taking it, her mother hit her in the face, then her mother covered her mouth and hit her again.
School officials told police officers Kemp told them the girl had been hit by a sibling.
Police officers said Kemp told them the girl might have been hit with a toy.
Later, police filed three charges of endangerment after they said Kemp admitted being a meth user and drug screening was done on three children.
Those tests showed the 9-year-old and a 3-year-old sibling tested positive for meth.
The next year a grand jury declined to return indictments on two of those endangerment charges.