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POLICE: Special needs child found covered in vomit

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Angelica Tutt (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Angelica Tutt (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman has been charged with criminal abuse after police say a special needs child was found in feces and vomit.

According to arrest reports, police were conducting an investigation at the Beecher Terrace housing complex shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, when 23-year-old Angelica Tutt began causing a disturbance. Police say she was "being very belligerent and cursing at officers" and trying to interrupt the investigation.

Her actions were drawing a crowd, according to the arrest reports.

When police arrested her, she was allegedly throwing her arms around and kicking at officers. At one point, police say, she spit in an officer's face and headbutted that officer.

She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with a government process, third degree assault and resisting arrest.

But the story doesn't end there. Police say she had been caring for six children at the time of her arrest, and when an officer asked her if there were any other children at her nearby home on S. 10th St., she told them there was a 12-year-old at that location who cares for herself.

An officer went to Tutt's home to check on the child. After knocking on the door, police say the officer could hear moaning and scratching. The officer could see a key in the door and "worried for the welfare of the child inside," according to the arrest report, so the officer opened the door.

What the officer found resulted in another charge against Tutt, police say. According to the arrest report, the officer saw a special needs child, "laying in the floor at the bottom of the steps, just behind the door." Police say the child was, "covered in vomit and had apparently defecated on herself."

The child, who was 9 years old (not 12, as Tutt allegedly stated) had apparently fallen down the steps, police say. According to the arrest report, the little girl suffers from cerebral palsy and can't speak.

Police say the door was locked from the outside with a key left in it, and they believe it was done intentionally.

The child, who is Tutt's niece, according to the arrest report, was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital.

Tutt was charged with first degree criminal abuse in connection with that incident.

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