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Dale Sheriff: Young Girl Was Tortured, Burned With Cigarette

A couple has been arrested and charged with abusing a four year old girl in Newton.
A Dale County couple has been arrested on Aggravated Child Abuse charges alleging they abused a young girl. Investigators say Andrew Dylan Chandler, 20, and Bridget Marie Chandler, 18, were initially charged with Torture and Willful Abuse of a child. However, Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said, based upon new information, the charges will be upgraded to Aggravated Child Abuse.

Olson said investigators were contacted last week by Newton police officers regarding a four year old girl treated at a hospital. “Investigators responded to the hospital and discovered that the victim had multiple bruises throughout her body and multiple burn marks consistent with being burned with a cigarette,” Olson said in a written release. The girl was admitted for observation.

Investigators later executed a search warrant at the victim’s home and collected evidence in the case. The sheriff did not reveal the relationship between the victim and the Chandler’s. More information will be made available Thursday afternoon.

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