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Scottsburg man accused of tying up, battering 3-year-old daughter

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James Collings (source: Indiana State Police) James Collings (source: Indiana State Police)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He tied her up and hit her with a belt buckle. That's what police say a Southern Indiana man did to his own daughter.

Indiana State Police Police say it was a tip from Kosair Children’s Hospital that led to the arrest of 25-year-old James Collings of Scottsburg.

Collings' 3-year-old daughter was brought to Kosair on Aug. 13 Thursday for treatment of injuries, but hospital workers thought the wounds looked suspicious and notified authorities.

“I can't delve into the type of injuries, where the injuries are, or anything. All I can say is the child sustained some suspicious and pretty serious injuries,” said Sgt.Jerry Gooden, spokesman for the ISP Sellersburg Post.

Collings lives in a mobile home on Rosewood Rd. outside Scottsburg. State police say under questioning he admitted that he sometimes became upset and abused his daughter.

“And as the detective spoke to the father of the child, he was able to learn that on several occasions, the father had tied the child up with zip ties and, on at least one occasion, the father had struck the child with a belt buckle,” said Gooden.

One neighbor told WDRB off-camera that the family has lived on the street for about a year. The neighbor says she sometimes saw two girls playing in the yard, but never noticed anything suspicious.

“This is obviously one of those important cases. This is one those cases that stands out there needs to be something done immediately to make sure that this child is protected and safe, and that justice does come along,” said Gooden.

Right now, Collings is in the Scott County Jail on a felony battery charge.

Police will not comment on the whereabouts of the girl's mother, but say the investigation continues and more charges could be coming. For now, the child is in state custody.

“All of our accolades go to the hospital and to the Division of Family and Children, because if it wasn't for those folks, we might not have even known about this case,” said Gooden.

Police will not say whether the girl is still in the hospital.

Collings' first court appearance will be Thursday at the earliest.

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