A child has died after officials say he suffered a gunshot wound at his home. Police say they were dispatched to a residence off of Woodland Drive late Sunday afternoon in response to a shooting. When police arrived, they found a 2-year-old child with a single gunshot wound. The child’s parents and siblings were in the home at the time of the incident. The child was transported to Hardin Memorial, where he was pronounced deceased. This is an ongoing investigation, and a decision will be made once the investigation is complete as to whether charges will be filed.
Officials are still investigating after a woman was found dead in a residence last Thursday. Kentucky State Police say that 63-year-old Kathy Erbelding was found dead in a residence off of Wise Lane in Elizabethtown Thursday night. The victim was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound. According to the Hardin County Coroner’s Office, the Erbelding was shot twice. Jacob Lugmayer and Krystal Erbelding, the victim’s daughter, were subsequently arrested and charged with murder, robbery, and abuse of a corpse. Lugmayer was also charged with tampering with physical evidence. Both are being held on $250,000 cash bonds, and appeared in Hardin District Court this morning.
Mental Health Awareness Month begins today, and the Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health Department has statistics regarding how mental health has been affected since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 67% of people globally are currently reporting higher levels of stress during the pandemic, and 54% are reporting feeling emotionally exhausted. However, despite all the uncertainty, the department has advice for how to manage your mental health. This includes getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating healthily, as well as limiting screen time. The department also reminds those who may be struggling to get help if they need it. The department recommends calling primary health care providers or mental health professionals if experiencing difficulty. Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health is also available to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hardin Memorial Health are giving their COVID-19 patients access to a new treatment study using plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients. The breakthrough covalescent plasma treatment allows current patients to receive plasma from recovered patients, which contains antibodies believed to fight the COVID-19 virus and may help patients improve more quickly. Plasma donations are collected from recovered COVID-19 patients willing to support the study. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 may qualify to donate plasma is they meet specific plasma and blood donation eligibility requirements. These requirements and information about plasma donation can be found at redcrossblood.org.
Even with the conclusion of their annual fundraising event Tuesday night, Clarity Solutions is letting the public know that there is still time to donate. The organizations annual banquet was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. More information about donations can be found online at supportclarity.org.