Two people made appearances in Audrain County Court today [Tuesday] on charges of child abuse.
According to probable cause statements, the father of the six-year-old girl, Terry Morton, allegedly spanked the child with a green belt resulting in bruises.
Investigators saw the marks on her arms, buttocks, thighs and the palms of her hands.
The child reported Morton spanked her because she got in trouble at school.
Morton’s girlfriend told police Morton would go “overboard” when spanking and disciplining.
Morton’s mother, Robyne Mahaney was also in court. She allegedly struck the girl with a spatula in the palms of her hands.