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      Woman, man accused of hitting girl with belt, wooden rod

      Crystal Pratt, 38, of rural La Grange, Mo.

      Two northeast Missouri residents were arrested over the weekend for reportedly abusing a child.

      On Sunday, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Joseph Budig, 36, and Crystal Pratt, 38, both of rural La Grange, Missouri.

      The two are charged with a felony count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

      Investigators from the sheriff's office, the La Grange Police Department, Missouri Children's Division and Lewis County Juvenile Office allege Budig and Pratt forced a girl under the age of 17 to stand in a corner for extended periods of time and struck her legs with a belt and wooden rod.

      The arrest stems from an investigation conducted in August 2012.

      Both suspects are free after posting bond.

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