PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Northern Arizona authorities say a Prescott couple has
been arrested for allegedly abusing their 4-year-old adopted daughter.
Prescott police say 60-year-old Jerome Mitchell and 59-year-old Hermina Ibarra
are being held in a Camp Verde jail on suspicion of felony child abuse. They say
Ibarra also is accused of felony sexual abuse of a child.
Police say the couple has denied the charges. They don’t have a lawyer yet.
Officers were contacted Tuesday by a faculty member at the girl’s school.
Police say they saw a round bruise on the child’s cheek and scratches on her
neck, face and ears.
The girl was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for a medical evaluation.
Authorities say the child had additional bruising all over her body and there
were indications of sexual abuse.