Dallas Co. Couple Arrested for Aggravated Child Abuse

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--   A Dallas County couple is behind bars -- charged with the abuse of an eleven year old girl.

Jonathan and Tessie Wilson of Valley Grande are facing charges of aggravated child abuse.

Investigators say the victim was the couple's niece -- who had been placed in their care just about a year ago. They say the abuse was punishment for the child not doing chores to the couple's satisfaction.

"She was made to do push-ups and sit-ups for approximately two hours and every time she would stop or was no longer able to go, she was abused and when I say abused I mean severely abused," said Dallas Co. Sheriff's Investigator, Mike Granthum.

"She actually had raw flesh hanging from her skin, open wounds, sore to the back side of her legs and to her buttocks area."

The couple is being held in the Dallas Co. Jail. Their bond has been set at 500-hundred thousand dollars each.