Parents charges with punching, burning young child

Published 4:14 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A Mississippi man and woman have been arrested and charged with punching and burning their child with an iron.

Jones County Sheriff’s Office Deputies said Wednesday they had arrested Demeatrius Moody, 26, and Damarius Cooley, 26, and charged them both with felony child abuse.

Reports from Mississippi Child Protective Services from December and January were provided to the sheriff’s office, which led to the arrests. The child had been removed from the custody of the parents when the reports were first made.

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Sheriff’s investigators said the child, who is under 10 years old, was interview and the child detailed incidents of being hit by Cooley’s fist and other objects all over the victim’s body. Investigators also said the child reported Moody had burned the victim with an iron.

Moody and Cooley were being held on $25,000 bond.