A Gwinnett man was arrested last week after allegedly beating his stepdaughter, "leaving bruising from her shoulders to her feet."
The girl's mother was also arrested -- for "allowing" it to happen, police said.
According to incident reports and arrest warrants issued by the Duluth Police Department, teachers at the young girl's school on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard noticed "bruises and marks all over her body" on March 30. The girl, whose exact age was not provided, first told police that her stepfather, Tory Demario Mack, had "grabbed her arms because he was angry."
She then said Mack hit her several times with a brown belt because she didn't feed the dog. She added that "she is beat every night and afraid to go home," the police incident report said.
Mack was arrested the same day and charged with battery and cruelty to children. As of Tuesday morning, he remained at the Gwinnett County jail without bond.
The girl's mother was also arrested -- for allegedly witnessing the abuse and failing to stop it or call police.
Elizabeth Anne Mack was charged with second-degree cruelty to children, a felony that alleges criminal negligence. The mother caused her daughter cruel or excessive physical pain by "watching and allowing her husband" to hit the girl, and "never contacted police for assistance," her arrest warrant said.
Online records show Elizabeth Mack was released Thursday on $2,400 bond.
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