UPDATE: (01/26/16) 7:00 p.m. The Carrollton Police Department’s probable cause statement shows the investigation began on January 4th, 2016, when the department received a report of child abuse.

Investigators interviewed the reporting party and one of Epley’s children. Officers were informed that the child arrived at the caller’s home that afternoon stating their father was hitting them the night before. Officers observed bruises on the child’s chest, arm, legs and side. The child was taken to the Carroll County Memorial Hospital emergency room for an examination. The exam confirmed reports of contusions and scratches on the child.

The following day, January 5, 2016, an officer conducted a home visit with a Children’s Division worker. Chad Epley was interviewed and admitted to holding the child down and rubbing his knuckles on  the child’s chest, to “tickle” them. Epley reportedly mentioned to investigators that maybe he was rough to the child, but that it was to toughen them up.

Crawford was implicated in possible abuse as well with the child saying they feared to be alone with the two adults. The juvenile also stated to investigators he had witnessed Epley strike their younger half-siblings and leave marks.

CARROLLTON, Mo— A couple of Carrollton residents could face up to 14 years behind bars if found guilty in their recent case filings.

Left- Chad Epley Right Kathleen Crawford

Chad Epley                             Kathleen Crawford

Court records indicate Kathleen Crawford, 24, and Chad Epley, 30, were charged Monday, January 25, 2016, with two class C felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child for an incident that took place January 3rd of this year.

Crawford has been issued a criminal summons in her case and is scheduled to appear February 24, 2016, at 9 a.m. in a Carroll County court room.

As for Epley, a warrant has been issued and bond has been set at $15,000.