(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports that two people have been charged with felony battery related to the abuse of a child.
33-year-old Andrea Krupp of Gamaliel and 35-year-old Richard House of Mountain Home were booked into the Detention Center Thursday afternoon on charges of felony 2nd degree domestic battery.
The sheriff’s office says that on the evening of August 16, deputies responded to a home in the 3800 block of Buford Road to investigate a child abuse complaint. Upon arrival, a babysitter told deputies they had found bruising on the face, arms, chest, legs and bottom of a six-year-old boy.
After confirming the injuries, the child was taken into protective custody by Family Services.
Investigators say the child’s mother and boyfriend had slapped the boy and had been using a wooden board or paddle to discipline the child. A press release from the sheriff’s office states the paddle appears to have been made from a 2×4 or similar object, with the dimensions being approximately 1 1/8th inch thick, 21 ¼ inches long, 3 ½ inches wide, with a handle roughly cut into one end.
Several interviews were conducted beginning August 19th. Statements from suspects and witnesses were recorded, and additional evidence was gathered.
Both were released from detention after posting $5,000 bond each as indicated on the warrant. Krupp and House are scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on September 5.