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Couple arrested after child shows signs of abuse (update 2)

The Makarios children's hospital in Nicosia

Limassol police on Tuesday arrested a couple in connection with child abuse and neglect after a welfare officer noticed abrasions and bruises on their 19-month-old toddler.

Two state pathologists Angeliki Papetta and Orthodoxos Orthodoxou requested the child be moved to the Makarios hospital on Monday – where it is currently being cared for.

There was bruising, scratches and abrasions on the child’s face and the rest of the body according to their report -which was conducted along with a paediatric surgeon.

The bodily harm was the result of being hit over a prolonged period of time and systematic abuse, they said.

Their report also said that the child had been neglected for the past 20 days such as not having its nappy changed.

The family was being monitored by social services, which apparently did notice the abuse earlier.

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou called for an immediate investigation into the incident.

According to Cybc the child’s grandmother had even reported the abuse to child services.

Her son, the 26-year-old father of the child, and his partner, 24, had reportedly hit the grandmother on Sunday and caused damage to her home on Friday.

They were wanted for hitting the grandmother and he was arrested on Sunday but was released with restrictive measures in place. Authorities ordered he keep at least 50m from her.

It was reported that both parents have denied abusing their child.

The mother, while in custody, denied she had carried out any abuse. She said perhaps the bruises were the result of a fall, without offering any further details.

The father reportedly said he has not seen the child for at least one month and was unaware of its condition.

The mother was taken to social services and questioned on Monday, where the abuse on the child was apparently first noticed.

Two new warrants were issued against both of them for family abuse.

Police said the couple will be brought before court together on Wednesday in connection with domestic violence and exposing a child to danger.

Police initially arrested the mother on Monday when the welfare official noticed the abrasions and bruising.

Earlier on Tuesday, she was taken to court for a remand hearing, but the procedure was postponed because she did not have a lawyer.

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Source: Cyprus News Agency