Pennsylvania police have arrested a woman on suspicion of trying to hide evidence of abuse by covering up her boyfriend’s 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son with temporary tattoos and makeup, as reported by LeHighValleyLive.
Kimberly Ann Howells, 25, was charged on Thursday with child abuse, child endangerment, simple assault and reckless endangerment, with investigators accusing the woman of abusing both children.
Erick John Ruscitti, the children’s father, allegedly told investigators that he knew of the abuse Howells had been dishing out, and had even told her to “cool it,” but did not approach police, thus the 27-year-old was also arrested.
Court documents indicate cops got involved after receiving a tip in January of last year, in which they discovered that the girl was suffering from bruises, among other indicators of abuse, and that these injuries had been covered up with tattoos and makeup, an alleged attempt to fool authorities. The boy also had temporary tattoos all over his face, partially obscuring bruises, investigators said.
The boy allegedly told police that he was suffering from “boo-boos” caused by Howells, who he referred to as “mommy.” Both children were promptly rushed to the hospital, where doctors discovered bruises on their faces, heads, torsos and in their ear canals. They are both expected to make a full recovery.
Additionally, the girl told police that Howells stripped her bedroom of all furniture, except for a surveillance camera, forcing her to sleep on the bare ground.
“The girl described lying on the floor without bedding to sleep,” police said in court paperwork, which also detail an incident in which Howells allegedly picked the girl up and threatened to throw her out of a window.
Assistant District Attorney Tatum Wilson said Thursday that there is no deal in the works for either Howells or Ruscitti. According to The Morning Call, they have both been released on bail.
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