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Mitchell Man Arrested On Child Molesting Charges
Updated January 6, 2016 7:05 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - A Mitchell man has been charged with molesting two girls.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, police began investigating the allegations after they were alerted by hospital staff at IU Health Bedford Hospital that they were treating a 4-year-old girl who had been possibly molested.

The girl was sent to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for further examination while police spoke with medical staff members and some of the victim's relatives. The Department of Child Services also was notified.

"The girl had been left with Charles Parker (a relative) while the rest of the family left the house for a couple of hours," Branham says. "When they returned later, she made some comments about him touching her private areas."

According to Branham, the next day when a family member was changing the girl's clothes they noticed some visible signs that something had occurred.

While police were investigating the allegations, they also learned Parker had also allegedly assaulted the girl's 11-year-old cousin.

The 11-year-old also was taken to Riley hospital for examination.

Both girls are now home and neither suffered serious injuries.

Police arrested 55-year-old Charles Parker of Mitchell on Monday night on a charge of one count of child molesting.

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