Deep purple bruising, a blackened eye, a swollen right cheek, scars, dried blood and ligature marks from being restrained.
These were the injuries police detailed finding on a four-year-old girl.
Clarence Reed, 47, and Jennifer Denen, 30. Image City of Hot Springs Police Department.
A four-year-old girl who was verbally abused so often by her mother and step-father that when police asked her what her name was, she responded “Idiot.”
The couple, Clarence Reed, 47, and Jennifer Denen, 30, both of Hot Springs, Arkansas in the US are now charged with domestic battery, permitting abuse of a minor and endangering welfare of a minor.
A staff member at a child advocacy group alerted police to the malnourished child.
When police went to the home police found Denen's six children Denen, one of them - an 11-month-old her child with Reed.
Among the children was the four-year-old girl, malnourished and with a black eye, a swollen face, dried blood on her head and ligature marks from being tied up.