A couple in Pueblo, Colorado was arrested on Sunday after a 12-year-old girl was found limping down the street with broken bones, lacerations, and contusions, according to Fox 21 News. Just shortly before 4 p.m. on October 15, a Good Samaritan called 911 after noticing an injured girl limping in the area of Northern Avenue and Beulah Avenue.
When emergency medical services arrived at the scene, they examined the girl, whose name has not been released, before transporting her to St. Mary Corwin Medical Center for treatment.
The girl reportedly told the hospital staff that she had been physically abused by her stepfather, identified as 35-year-old Perry Armstrong.
Police officials suspect that the abuse had been going on for quite some time as the girl had several broken bones, cuts, and contusions all over her body that were in different stages of healing.
Detectives with the Special Victims Section and the Identification Section conducted an investigation.
Armstrong and the child’s 30-year-old mother, Kendra Medina, we’re taken to the Pueblo Police Department for questioning. Investigators say during their interview process with the couple, Medina confessed that Armstrong had been abusing her daughter, but she stated that he had been abusing her as well.
After the interview, Armstrong was arrested and charged with suspicion of child abuse with serious bodily injury and second-degree assault with domestic violence.
The child’s mother was also arrested. Medina is now facing charges of suspicion of complicity to child abuse, KRDO reports.
Since the couples’ arrest, the Pueblo Police Department have thanked the Good Samaritan for calling 911 after seeing the injured girl limping in the street. Authorities are now asking the public to promptly notify police officials if you suspect a child is being abused.
The girl’s condition is unknown at this time, but she and her underage sibling have been placed in protective custody following her mother and stepfather’s arrest.
At this time, Pueblo Police has not released any information on why the child was walking down the street, where she was coming from, or where she was going, but an investigation into the suspected child abuse case is ongoing.
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