JOHNSON CITY – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Jonesborough couple accused of mistreating their child.

At the request of 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, TBI Agents began investigating Billy Ray and Whitney Danielle Gunter on Friday, shortly after doctors at Niswonger Children’s Hospital discovered a burn injury on the bottom of their three-year-old child’s foot while treating him for an seizure. During the course of the investigation, with the assistance of the Jonesborough Police Department and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Agents developed information that the actions of the boy’s parents contributed to the burn injury approximately three weeks ago.

On Friday night, TBI Agents arrested and charged Billy Ray, 34, and Whitney Danielle, 28, with one count each of Aggravated Child Neglect. Authorities booked each individual into the Washington County Jail on $50,000 bond.