Deputies: St. Petersburg Area Couple Abused Child, 6, for at Least Four Years
The woman would place makeup and temporary tattoos over the child’s injuries to conceal them, and never sought medical treatment for the boy, according to Pinellas deputies.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A St. Petersburg area couple was arrested and charged in connection with long-term abuse that has left a 6-year-old boy with permanent scars on his body, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Samantha Smith, 26, was charged with one count each of Aggravated Child Abuse with Great Bodily Harm and Child Neglect. Cody Corbin, 31, was charged with one count east of Child Abuse and Child Neglect.
Sheriff’s detectives began their investigationn May 14 when Smith was arrested for child abuse, after patrol deputies answered a call at a residence in unincorporated St. Petersburg and found multiple injuries on
a 6-year-old child who was in the home.
Detectives learned from the medical examination team that the child had multiple injuries and permanent scars on his body from being physically abused for at least four years.
Detectives said they determined Smith and her boyfriend, Corbin, would physically batter and abuse the child by biting his shoulders and toes, pinching his penis, beating him with objects, and would punch and kick him, causing multiple bruises, injuries and permanent scars.
Smith would place makeup and temporary tattoos over the child’s injuries to conceal them, and never sought medical treatment for the child’s injuries, according to investigators.
Detectives also said Smith and Corbin would withhold food from the boy as a form of punishment.
PHOTO SHOWS SAMANTHA SMITH, LEFT, AND CODY CORBIN.
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