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Rhea Co. mom, boyfriend accused of murdering 5-year-old in court

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The mother charged with the murder of her 5-year-old son appeared in a Rhea County courtroom Wednesday. Jessica Robbins and her boyfriend Bradley Adcox are both charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse, in the death of Landon Robbins. Landon was found dead in a Spring City home August 30.

Jessica Robbins and Bradley Adcox went before a Rhea County judge for a preliminary hearing Wednesday. The detective over the case testified for nearly two hours, giving details in the investigation, and relaying statements made by the accused.

"It's just a horrific story. Never dreamed of anybody having the heart to do that to a little bitty 5-year-old baby," Landon's paternal grandfather Jerry Wells said.

Landon's paternal grandfather sat in the front row, listening to Detective Rocky Potter describe how Adcox called 911 saying Landon wasn't breathing. Medics found the little boy lying dead on a makeshift bed in the dining room of a camper-home in Spring City.

"Shows large bite marks, several bruises, and a few scratches," Rhea County Detective Rocky Potter said.

The couple said Landon was hurt the night before while playing outside. In a later statement Robbins said she also suspected Adcox hit him head with a board at some point.

The preliminary autopsy lists the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries and says he had liquid soap and cigarettes in his stomach. Statements from Robbins and Adcox say they regularly punished Landon for not going to bed when he was told. Detective Potter read Jessica Robbins' statement first.

"But Landon would never take him seriously and would laugh at us. Bradley hated to be laughed at so he'd whip him more and more," Det. Potter read from Robbins' statement.

Adcox's statement about punishing Landon was similar. He said he would spank and bite him, and says one time Landon chose to eat a dozen cigarettes as his punishment. He said they'd also make him and his two little sisters drink liquid soap.

"So we gave him liquid soap from a Mellow Yellow bottle, maybe the same amount as the girls, then after that first 5-6 times we just made him drink from the jug. We did this pretty much every night since school," Det. Potter read from Adcox's statement.

They only sent him to kindergarten once in the first two weeks of school. The week he died, they said he'd been throwing up a lot.
"If you hear all the torment they caused that boy. They need to live their lives thinking about it every day," Wells said.

Before Landon's death, Adcox says Robbins wanted to give all three kids to a family member, but he worried it would look bad.

"I wish we could have gotten rid of them sooner so such a tragic things would not have happened," Det. Potter read from Adcox's statement.

Robbin's two other children are now living with their paternal aunt. The case was bound over to a grand jury. The judge denied bond for both.

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