Matthew Brock appears in Barren Circuit Court Monday. 

GLASGOW – A Glasgow couple pleaded not guilty on Monday in Barren Circuit Court to six counts each of first-degree criminal abuse.

Matthew Wayne Brock, 43, was arrested Oct. 17, and his wife Robin Brock, 38, was arrested Nov. 22 after they both had been indicted on those charges by a Barren County grand jury.

Adam Bow, a Barren County Sheriff's Office detective, went to their home along Lick Branch Road on Oct. 17 after other deputies had responded with child protective services personnel, who reported to Bow upon his arrival that an allegation of child abuse had been confirmed, according to the arrest citation for Matthew Brock.

“All the members of the household that were spoken to stated that multiple times over the last three years while living in Barren County at the above address Matthew Brock had used a wooden paddle on several members of the residence,” the citation states.


Robin Brock appears Monday in Barren Circuit Court. 

In addition, he was accused of twisting and pulling a child's arm that resulted in the child's needing to use a sling for several days and his not taking them for medical care; of striking a member of the residence in the head with a broom, resulting in a cut, about two years ago; of placing his hands around the neck of one of the members of the residence while placing pressure on the center of their throat, causing them to have difficulty breathing around the first of August, all according to the citation.

“[Matthew Brock] stated that he had used a paddle on the child and admitted that he had been in altercations with his wife. He denied the injuries to the children's arm and head,” the citation states.

He had originally been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal abuse, one count of first-degree strangulation and three counts of criminal abuse, child 12 or under, but the grand jury chose the six counts of first-degree criminal abuse.

The citation for Robin Brock stemmed from an indictment warrant and did not specify details for which she was being arrested.

Both remained lodged Tuesday at the Barren County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 cash bonds, according to the jail website.

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