Child abuse under investigation in Belmont County

Misty Glasgow, 36, and Devan Redman, 25, were living on Pike Street in Neffs and are charged with child endangerment, drug trafficking, possession of cocaine and marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A severe case of child abuse is under investigation in Belmont County.

Sheriff Dave Lucas says it’s one of the worst child abuse cases he's seen -- a 4-year-old girl was brought to the emergency room with bruises and burn marks all over her body.

"The mother who was homeless was seeking residence,” Lucas said. “She left the 4-year-old child with these friends to take care of."

The child's father lives out of state.

Lucas says the caretakers were 36-year-old Misty Glasgow and 25-year-old Devan Redman who lived at a home on Pike Street in Neffs.

"Once she obtained residence, she went back to the house -- this was after a period of time -- to get her child, found these injuries and immediately went to the hospital,” Lucas said.

The Belmont County Sheriff's Office and the department of jobs and family services went to the hospital and couldn't believe what they saw.

"You can see by the marks that it wasn't just a single incident, it was a repeat incident and from the photograph, you can see the burn marks," he said. “The photos show just how severe this case was, but it doesn’t show all the injuries. We have to look at not only the physical injuries, but the mental/psychological injuries of the child."

Detectives then executed a search warrant at the caretakers' home, finding several thousand dollars and drugs.

Glasgow and Redman each face charges of child endangerment, drug trafficking, possession of cocaine and marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

They are in jail, both on a $28,000 bond.

"We feel that these two should be held accountable to the fullest. I mean four years old, a lot of us have our kids and we know how it feels,” Lucas said. “It hits home."

As for the child ...

"She was returned to the mother in which she has a stable home and environment at this time,” he said.

More charges could be filed as this remains under investigation.

The couple will be arraigned next week.

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