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Woman charged with child abuse in Stafford


A 34-year-old mother was arrested late Tuesday after her infant daughter was found alone and upside down in a car seat in a Stafford motel room, police said.

Stafford County Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the baby, who appeared to be about seven or eight months old, was in a room at the Motel 6 on Warrenton Road in southern Stafford.

When police entered the room, the child was strapped in a car seat that was upside down on the bed. Police believe the child had been alone for at least two hours.

The child had some bruises, possibly from the straps, but did not appear to be seriously injured.

According to Kennedy, Deputy John Miller went to the motel about 10:43 p.m.

Other motel guests had complained about hearing a baby crying for two hours. The guests had gone to the front desk after their knocks on the door where they heard the baby went unanswered.

Deputies went to the room and also knocked repeatedly before getting motel management to let them in.

Police had been there about an hour when a woman rushed in to check on her daughter. Kennedy said she told police she’d been upstairs for about an hour.

Christine Faye Clark, 34, of no fixed address was charged with child abuse, child endangerment and obstruction of justice.

Clark was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

The baby was taken to the hospital to be checked out. She was then turned over to county Child Protective Services.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404