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Woman Arrested After Injuring Child
Updated March 18, 2015 12:28 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(MITCHELL) - A Mitchell woman was arrested after police say she injured her 4-year-old daughter.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the Department of Child Services began investigating 24-year-old Rebecca Olmsted after they received a report that Olmsted was hurting her child.

A Lawrence County police officer went to the home with the DCS case worker on Jan. 26.

The little girl had suffered a dark bruise on her chin and bruises on her forehead.

Officials took the child to hospital for treatment and took photos of the girl's injuries. Those photos were then sent to a physician at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, who reported the injuries were caused by physical abuse.

The girl, during an interview, told officials "Mommy held her up by her chin causing the injury to her chin," the affidavit states. "(The girl) said that her mommy had cut her" and that the injury to her forehead was caused "when mommy shut a door on her."

The girl was removed from the home and told her caretaker that "she could not tell the truth about mommy because'bad people will take me away."

She also told the caretaker that her mother had grabbed her by the throat and had pushed her against a wall.

And that at one time "mommy held a fork up to her chin and made a back-and-forth motion that cut her chin."

Police say the girl had a scar on her chin, backing up the child's statement.

The child also told the caregiver "my mommy don't love me."

Olmsted is facing a felony charge of battery on a person younger than 14 years old, a Level 5 felony and is being held in the Lawrence County Jail on a $20,000 surety, or $2,005 cash bond.



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