FIRST ON 3: Man charged with infecting woman with HIV, again
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A man, accused more than once, of knowingly infecting someone with HIV has been arrested.
As Channel 3 Eyewitness News was the first to report on Wednesday, he charges involve 46-year-old James Hutchins. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for criminal exposure to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
According to the police affidavit, his wife came to the police station last month saying she was pregnant and had tested positive for HIV.
She said she'd only had sex with her husband, and when she confronted him, he left.
She said some friends later told her, Hutchins was HIV positive.
Court records show he spent six months in jail back in 1999, for the same crime. He was placed on probation for five years.
That woman's mother is opening up, about the secret that changed her daughter's life forever.
Four words came out of the East Chattanooga mother's mouth when Hutchins' mug shot appeared on Channel 3.
"Here we go again!," she says.
She asked Channel 3 not to show her face, or use her name to protect her daughter who now lives with HIV, after being unknowingly infected by Hutchins in 1998.
"She went to the doctor for a check up, found out she was pregnant, upon finding out she was expecting, they gave her an HIV test," she says.
That was the day this family's life changed.
Hutchins was convicted of criminal exposure to HIV. He spent 6 months in jail and five years on probation.
"That was not going to cure his illness, when he did the time and he got out, he would do the same thing again," she says.
She wonders about how many other women might be infected out there.
"I think a lot of them might have it, but don't know they have it," she says.
Back in East Chattanooga, she counts her blessings. The child Hutchins fathered, 12 years ago, is HIV free.
She worries about her daughters health and the man who robbed her of it.
"Something else needs to happen, not just to him, but to anybody that knowingly commits this crime, it's a crime, its really a murder, to me it is," she says.
Hutchins is charged with criminal exposure to HIV. He is being held at the Hamilton County Jail and will go before a judge next month.