LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Scott County, Indiana, man is in jail after police say he grabbed a 4-year-old girl by the neck.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the abuse was reported by the 4-year-old's grandmother.

Police say the child's mother told them that on July 18, 23-year-old Eddie R. Mullins, the mother's boyfriend, dropped her off at work at 8 p.m. At that time, the child had no marks on her.

Two hours later, when Mullins returned, the mother said she noticed her 4-year-old daughter had bruising on her neck. When she asked Mullins and the 4-year-old about it, they both said that they had been "roughhousing," according to the probable cause affidavit.

Police say the mother then said the child was never assaulted -- and added that there were three witnesses who would agree, but she could not name any of them. At that point, the child's grandmother told her that she knew Mullins had grabbed the girl by the neck -- and that she had a responsibility to protect her children.

The next day, the child was interviewed by a representative of the Department of Child Services. The 4-year-old allegedly told them that Mullins grabbed her by the neck and pulled her up off the bed because she wouldn't go to sleep. She also said her neck hurt during and after the incident, police say.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the girl told police that when her mother found out about what happened, she smacked Mullins across the face.

Police say that when Mullins was confronted about the child's claim, he told police that he and the girl were "roughhousing" when she fell off the bed. At that point, he claimed, he caught her by the neck.

Police arrested Mullins and charged him with battery and neglect of a dependent. He is currently being held in the Scott County Detention Center.

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