OTTUMWA, Iowa (KCCI) – Law enforcement officials in Ottumwa are investigating a case of potential child abuse after a social media post began circulating showing an injured 2-year-old child.
According to television station KCCI, a family member of the child allegedly posted the pictures. They showed the child with bruising on her face, arms, and legs. Police officials said the photographs are a part of the investigation, which was launched on Saturday following notification from the Iowa Department of Human Services.
“These pictures, I think, speak for themselves,” Ottumwa Police Lt. Jason Bell said. “They are very shocking to look at.”
Officers said that the child depicted, and other children in the home, are safe.
“It’s horrible,” Bell said. “We are human also, and when you equate these type of injuries, you think of your own children and you can’t imagine how horrible that is.”
An investigation is ongoing with officers continuing to conduct interviews. No arrests have been made.
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