RICHMOND, MO – A couple from Camden are facing court proceedings Tuesday in Ray County for child abuse charges.

A peremptory hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Court records show that Mario A. Barreto, 29, faces nearly 30 felony counts for endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly beat the child repeatedly. A probable cause statement alleges that Barreto beat a nine-year-old who lived in Barreto’s residence. A co-defendant, Melissa A. Holloway, 25, faces 22 felony counts of abuse or neglect, for alleged inaction and allowing the abuse to continue. She is also charged with hindering prosecution.