RAY COUNTY, Mo. – A joint motion for change of venue has been filed for a woman charged with 22 counts of child abuse in Ray County.

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The Special Prosecutor filed the motion Tuesday for  Melissa A. Holloway, 26, of Rayville. Along with the 22 counts of child abuse or neglect, Holloway is charged with felony hindering a prosecution and tampering with a witness in a felony prosecution. Holloway was charged after her boyfriend, Mario Barreto, 29, of Camden, was accused in the abuse of a 9 year old that caused the loss of a finger to amputation and several broken bones.

A date for the motion hearing has not yet been set.