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Couple Charged With Child Abuse After 18-Month-Old Foster Toddler Is Found 'Malnourished'

(Etowah County Sheriff's Department) (Etowah County Sheriff's Department)

An Alabama couple was arrested after deputies said their 18-month-old foster child was found “malnourished.”

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Garren Dodd McDonald, 48, and Shelley Lanette McDonald, 43, of Etowah County were taken into custody and each charged with one count of felony child abuse last week.

"[The couple] did torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat or otherwise willfully maltreat the child," arrest warrants obtained by AL.com said.

It went on: “[They] neglected the child by failing to properly feed him and causing him to be malnourished.”

The arrests came following a nearly two-month-long investigation by authorities after the Department of Human Resources contacted the sheriff’s office about the alleged abuse.

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The couple was booked into Etowah County Detention center last Wednesday and released two days later after posting $10,000 cash bond each.

They are reportedly forbidden from having children living in their home and prohibited from any unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years old as a condition of their bond.

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