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Vine Grove babysitter charged with child abuse

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Ashley Chapman (Hardin Co. Detention Ctr. photo) Ashley Chapman (Hardin Co. Detention Ctr. photo)

HARDIN CO., Ky (WDRB) -- A babysitter trusted with the care of a 2-year-old stands accused of abusing that trust. Wednesday night the toddler was rushed to Hardin Memorial Hospital's emergency room. "At that point she was found to be unresponsive and observed multiple bruises or contusions over a large portion of the child's body," says Kentucky State Police trooper Scott Rafferty. He says doctors quickly found more injuries.

"It was discovered she was suffering from some bleeding and swelling of the brain," the KSP trooper says.

She was quickly rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital in critical condition. Police immediately launched an investigation and say evidence led them to the babysitter. "It was discovered the child was in the care of her 28-year-old babysitter, Ashley Chapman of Vine Grove when the injuries occurred," says Rafferty.

Police are keeping quiet on the details of the case, refusing to say how the injuries happened, only to say it happened in Vine Grove.

Chapman's home for right now is the Hardin County Detention Center lined with a metal fence and barbed wire. She faces a criminal abuse charge in the 1st degree. Her bond: $250,000 in cash

It's also unclear how the toddler got to the first hospital, if Chapman took her or a family member. Detectives say if the victim dies, Chapman's charges could be upgraded to murder.

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