Father Charged with Child Abuse and Torture

By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email
By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email

Authorities say the father of a 13 month old girl who was beaten and burned on her face and feet has been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and torture.

Carl Drew Smith was ordered held without bond. The Cedar Grove police chief says the girl's mother will also be charged in the case.

Authorities say Smith told police that he blacked out after
drinking heavily and might have hurt the child.

The girl's mother told authorities that Smith accidentally poured noodles on the child and would not let her take the baby girl to a hospital. The baby remains hospitalized.

The News Herald in Panama City is reporting that the couple had previously been put on probation in a child neglect case involving their two older children.


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