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December 5, 2012

Woman accused of injuring girl

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In 2006, the department found reason to believe there was neglectful supervision by another adult in the family, and the mother reportedly successfully completed family preservation services. 

Physical abuse and neglect allegations in 2010 were ruled out. 

A 2011 case involving allegations of physical neglect of the girl’s older sister was reportedly closed because the school was monitoring the girl’s situation. 

In late August, the department received a referral alleging physical abuse of the girl and one of her sisters by the children’s mother and stepfather. 

During the investigation, CPS found that the then 6-year-old had significant bruising to the backs and sides of her legs and thighs that appeared to be due to a belt. 

The girl told the investigator that she received the bruises from her stepfather because she did not clean the house. 

The mother reportedly admitted to CPS over the phone that the bruising was caused by her and her husband because they spanked the child every day that week. However, she later denied having that conversation, did not bring the three sisters to the CPS office as requested and said the girl probably fell and bruised herself, a CPS investigator wrote. 

The girls were placed with Odom and her husband, and the parents agreed to complete the family service plan in late October, according to filings by CPS. However, they had not begun as of Friday, court documents state. 

Odom had been instructed not to physically discipline the child, according to CPS. 

During an interview earlier in November, the 7-year-old reportedly told a CPS case worker that she was sometimes spanked with a spoon, but it didn’t leave marks or bruises. CPS told Odom that day that she needed to refrain from physical punishment, according to court documents. 

During that conversation, Odom also asked that the CPS worker approve another family member for supervision of the children because she felt overwhelmed. However, she was told that family member had a history with CPS that they needed to review, CPS reported.

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