FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A 26-year-old Red Bay woman has been charged with scratching and bruising her 5-year-old step-daughter.
According to authorities, Ashley Michelle Thompson is charged with child abuse — torture/willful abuse of a child.
A healthcare worker called Red Bay Police when the child was seen at a hospital with bruises covering her body.
The Department of Human Resources has placed the child in a protective home.
Thompson is free from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.