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Deputies: Odessa woman charged with child neglect

An Odessa woman was charged with child neglect Tuesday after authorities said she failed to report that her live-in boyfriend had abused her child, according to an arrest report.

Karaleah Amanda Harman, 25, of 1640 Rowland Drive in Odessa, was arrested and transported to the Land O’ Lakes jail, the report said. She remains in jail on a $5,000 bond.

The child sustained bruises to his genitals and multiple bruises to his head. The boyfriend has been arrested for aggravated child abuse, the report said. The child’s age was not listed in the report.

A family friend sought medical attention for the child who was hospitalized on Sunday and treated for three days. The child was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

Harman admitted to deputies that she failed to call 911 or the Florida Abuse Hotline after her boyfriend admitted to striking her son, the report said. Harman said she later called 911 from a friend’s house after the family friend had already alerted authorities, according to the report.

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