A man who allegedly bit and beat a girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter while babysitting is facing a battery charge in Miller County, Ark., and the girl’s mother has been charged in the case as well.
The child’s mother, Mary Alyce Jenkins Corbell, 23, is charged with permitting the abuse of a minor in the case. Preston Montgomery “Monte” Bush, 22, is charged with second-degree domestic battery for allegedly biting and hitting the child in May.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Corbell left her daughter with Bush beginning about 7:30 a.m. and returning about 7 p.m. on May 2 while she went to work, according to a probable cause affidavit. The following day, Corbell left the girl in the care of some friends in Foreman, Ark., and those friends contacted law enforcement after noticing marks and bruises on the young girl.
The Little River County Sheriff’s Office contacted Miller County Sheriff’s Office after determining the child may have been injured at Corbell’s home in Fouke. Corbell allegedly told investigators that when she returned home from work May 2, she noticed a mark on her daughter’s face. Corbell allegedly claimed Bush told her their puppy had bitten the child’s face.
Corbell allegedly said she noticed marks on the girl’s back while changing her and that she had kicked Bush out of her home as a result. Corbell allegedly shared photos of the marks on the child with the child’s biological father and said she did not want Bush to go to jail.
The biological father took the girl to Wadley Regional Medical Center because of the bruising on her body. The father told investigators that hospital staff told him the girl did not suffer any broken bones but that she had human bite marks on her right buttock, her stomach, her left foot and her right arm. Marks on the girl’s back which were consistent with being struck by a belt and a black eye were noted at the hospital and the child was prescribed medication to treat a urinary tract infection.
Bush faces three to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 if found guilty of domestic battery. He is currently free on a $30,000 bond. Corbell faces up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 if found guilty of permitting the abuse of a minor. She is currently free on a $5,000 bond. Both Corbell and Bush are prohibited from having contact with the child.
Both are set to appear in court in July.