Mom Ashley Buckman & Penis James Edwards
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/pd-4-year-old-girl-critical-after-brutal-beating#ixzz1wVFhCpv1PHOENIX - A Phoenix woman and her live-in boyfriend are behind bars after her 4-year-old daughter ended up in the hospital in critical condition.
Ashley Buckman and her boyfriend James Edwards, both 22, are accused of severely beating the little girl over the last two years.
Police said when they found the girl, she had bruises and cuts across her entire body, along with whip marks, scars, and burn marks.
Detectives said when they first questioned the couple, Buckman lied to them, saying the 4-year-old had been with a relative and returned to their apartment near 19th Avenue and Northern already injured.
Police later discovered the girl soiled her sheets Tuesday night and to punish her, Buckman struck her with an open hand until the child stopped breathing.
Police believe the burn marks came from Edwards.
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Edwards "tried to minimize it and say that perhaps the water was just too hot or there were some issues", but because of the nature of the marks, police believe the child was intentionally scalded.
Police told ABC15 the abuse the 4-year-old suffered may be a result of the "abused becoming the abuser."
Detectives said they've found a history of past reports showing Buckman herself was abused as a child.
Thompson said police did not find any past reports with CPS, but based on the scars and past injuries, it appears the girl has been abused for some time.
Buckman and Edwards also have a 1-year-old child together. Police said that baby is with CPS, but doesn't appear to have been abused.
Police said both Buckman and Edwards are being charged with child abuse and failure to protect or get medical aid for the child.