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Gallatin Co. suspects accused of abuse after four-year-old burned with cigarettes

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James Newman and Gabriel Freeman (Source: Carroll County Detention Center) James Newman and Gabriel Freeman (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police say they've arrested two Gallatin County suspects for criminally abusing a four-year-old girl.

According to arrest warrants obtained by WDRB News, the crimes took place between Sept. 15 and Sept. 28.

Police say 30-year-old James Newman, the child's stepfather, burned the girl repeatedly on the leg -- and at least once on the hand -- with a cigarette.

According to the arrest warrants, the child had a similar injury under her nose that she said was caused by her mom, 22-year-old Gabriel Freeman, hitting her.

School personnel were the first to notice the injuries, and when Newman and Freeman were confronted about them, they allegedly denied any involvement, though police say they had noticed the injuries. According to the arrest warrants, they failed to seek out any medical treatment for the burns, other than to apply diaper rash ointment on them.

The girl and her siblings were removed from the home and were examined by the Children's Hospital of Cincinnati.

Authorities issued warrants for the arrest of Newman and Freeman on Sept. 29. Both were taken into custody the next day, and are charged with first degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12.

They are currently being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.

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