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Couple charged in horrible case of child abuse

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Each day in the United States thousands of children face the deadly epidemic of child abuse. Statistics show a child is abused every 10 seconds and 5 children die each day due to child abuse and neglect.

Today reported Indianapolis police department arrested Ja'Lyne Dawson and her boyfriend, Donald Stubbs, in what they call a "horrible case of child abuse."

Dawson and Stubbs, are accused of beating and severely abusing Dawson’s 2 year old son. The toddler suffered a "broken jaw, respiratory failure and a perforated intestine."

Court reports reveal the toddler was abused from June 25 to June 29. The report also states, "Dawson told doctors the boy drank toilet water and shortly after that she called 911."

Dawson is facing three felony charges of neglect of a dependent. Stubbs is facing seven felony charges after "he allegedly beat the toddler with a belt." Court reports say Stubbs and Dawson are also "accused of tying the little boy up."

Stubbs' son told authorities that Stubbs "hit the boy hard on his stomach and the toddler’s feet and hands were tied."

Detectives on the case said they found several text messages between Dawson and Stubbs:

"I’ll rap to you when I get back … is he still tied," Stubbs asked in a text message.

"He got his hands loose while I was sleep but he ain’t move," Dawson replied.

Court documents revealed the toddler had "bruises, scratches and serious injuries all over his body, including open cuts on his chest and back." The toddler remains at Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition.

Dawson and Stubbs are scheduled for a preliminary hearing early Thursday morning.

Learn how to protect your children from abuse by learning the signs and symptoms of child abuse. One local organization making a difference in the lives of children is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is a 501 (c) 3 Michigan based non-profit child abuse and neglect awareness organization, dedicated to educating the public on the signs, symptoms, statics, intervention, prevention to assist victims and survivors in locating the proper resources to help achieve and enable a full recovery. This amazing organization is ran by two moms on a mission to end violence towards children.

For more information on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, visit their website at:



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