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Catoosa County woman charged with cruelty to children

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - A welfare check by the Department of Family and Children's Services turned into jail time, after case workers saw what they believed to be child abuse.

DFCS called the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office, just three days before Thanksgiving, reporting an alleged physical and emotionally abusive home between Christine Baughman and her adopted child.

"A forensic interview was done, the victim disclosed abuse," said Sheriff Gary Sisk.

According to the incident report, the child claimed it was physical and pictures were obtained of the injuries.
     
Baughman was arrested that night and charged with cruelty to children in the first degree.

Baughman's husband is a local pediatrician and not accused of any crime. Her attorney released a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying in part “While these charges made against Baughman appear very serious, she wants to assure the community that she is innocent of the allegations that have been made against her. They remain committed to working with local authorities to resolve this situation,” said Adam Cathey.

Sheriff Sisk says suspected child abuse should be reported.

"Just for the safety of the children it's best to report it and let us look into it, "said Sisk. "We do know the difference between spanking someone and regular discipline. You're possibly the voice of the child."

Baughman has since bonded out.
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