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Tonisha Smith charged after allegedly hitting 3-year-old in head

4:02 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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Madison County, IL (KSDK) - An East St. Louis woman has been charged with aggravated battery to a child after police say a witness reported watching her hit her toddler in the head.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says they were called to the Hope Center Shelter in the 1200 block of Hope Center Lane in Cottage Hills, Illinois just after 10 p.m. Thursday night for a child abuse complaint.

The witness said 22-year-old Tonisha A. Smith hit her 3-year-old daughter in the head multiple times with a closed fist.

Deputies met with Smith and noticed her daughter had visible swelling on her forehead.

The child was taken into protective custody and received treatment at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Smith was arrested at the scene and taken to the Madison County Jail where she is held on a $30,000 bond.

KSDK

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