The grand jury indicted both Franklin, also known as Len, and his wife, Viola Mullins, on felony murder of their 3-month old son Franklin. Len is already accused of felony murder for the death of their 5-month-old son, Ryan.
Wednesday, 43-year-old Viola was in court on a bond hearing. Her bond was reduced from $100,000 secure bond to $35,000 secure bond.
During the bond hearing, investigators testified, revealing more information about what may have caused Franklin Mullins death. Franklin died of an E. Coli infection.
Sgt. Duane Phillips testified before the court saying the baby had an injury in the back of his throat.
Investigators say during interviews, the Mullins admitted to using a syringe to give the baby medication on several occasions.
In June, investigators say the parents saw blood was coming from the baby's throat. During an interview, investigators say the parents considered taking the baby to the hospital, but decided against it. They told investigators they were afraid social services would take the baby away.
"Because of their lack of taking the child to the doctor, based upon the injury that he received, led to or contributed to the death of the infant," Sgt. Phillips said.
Viola is facing two counts of child abuse and neglect and one count of felony murder of son, Franklin.
Her husband, Len, is facing one count of felony murder, and two counts of child abuse and neglect of Franklin. He is already accused of felony murder, second-degree murder, and child abuse and neglect of his other son, Ryan.
Ryan died at 5-months-old from non-accidental, blunt-force trauma to the head. The sheriff's office began investigating when they responded to the call of an unconscious baby.
Ryan was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center where he died a few days later.
Story Via WCYB