Couple charged with child abuse

A Pulaski County couple were charged with Abuse or Neglect of a Child and Domestic Assault in the second degree after reportedly using a belt to strike a four-year-old child, hard enough to allegedly leave bruises.

According to the probable cause statement, Daniel Ellzey and Brooke Dennick both used a belt on Dennick's four-year-old child.

The doctor expressed concerns of Dennick's child and contacted Pulaski County Sheriff's Department (PCSD), according to the probable cause statement. The doctor informed the officers of alleged abuse after inspecting the child's body. The doctor, according to the probable cause statement, discovered bruises that allegedly came from a belt "or another foreign object similar to a belt."

The child admitted that her mother spanked her with a belt, according to the probable cause statement. Dennick later confessed to officers that she allegedly knew that hitting the child that hard would hurt the girl. According to the probable cause statement, Dennick admitted to hitting the child after the child urinated on the floor.

The officer wrote in the report, "Dennick used her hands and clapped them together aggressively telling me that what it sounded like when she used the belt." The officer went on to write she said "she was frustrated and possibly mad."

The child reported to investigating officers that Ellzey also "whooped" her using a belt, according to the probable cause statement.

"According to medical professionals who examined [the child] the marks were in multiple stages of healing consistent with excessive force," the investigating officer noted in the probable cause statement.

Both individuals were given a $100,000 bond a piece. Their cases were set for advice of counsel on May 15 at 9 a.m. in Pulaski County court. If convicted of the child abuse charge, they could face two to seven years or $10,000 fine each. If convicted of domestic assault charge, they could face two to seven years or $10,000 fine a piece.