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Parents charged with child cruelty
Kothares Rhodes

 When a childcare worker spotted bruises and marks on a five-year-old child Friday, reports to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrests of the child’s parents.
    Deputies charged both Kothares Rhodes, 34, and Crystal Woodcock, 25, both of Cypress Lake Drive, with first degree cruelty to a child, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
    Daycare workers contacted the Bulloch County Department of Family and Children Services, as mandated by law when they see or suspect abuse, he said. A caseworker who inspected the child contacted deputies.
    Sheriff’s investigators photographed injuries on the child that appeared to be caused  by a belt. They were “severe, but did not require medical attention,” he said.
    Further investigation revealed similar wounds, appearing to be caused by the same belt, on a two-year-old sibling at the family’s home, he said.
    Both Woodcock and Rhodes were taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where they later each posted a $2,000 bond.
    The children were turned over to relatives and are under supervision through a DFCS safety plan, Anderson said.
    Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Bulloch County Sheriff’s Inv. Walter Deal at (912) 764-8888.
     Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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