Franklin County woman charged with abuse, torture of child

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A 26-year-old Red Bay woman has been charged with scratching and bruising her 5-year-old step-daughter.

Ashley Michelle Thompson (Photo: Red Bay Police Dept.)

Ashley Michelle Thompson (Photo: Red Bay Police Dept.)

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.

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