July 08, 2010

Carleigh Kufchak - Charged With Abusing 8-Year-Old Blind, Autistic Girl Who Was Placed In Her Care

Ocean Pines, Maryland (The Weekly Vice) - Carleigh Renee Kufchak, a 19-year-old Bishopville teen was jailed after she allegedly assaulted and abused an 8-year-old girl in her charge who is blind and autistic.

According to Ocean Pines police, Kufchak had been looking after an 8-year-old blind and autistic girl for nearly two years, unsupervised since January.

Investigators say the child's doctor suggested to her parents that they videotape the girl's behavior in different environments, including her home, so they installed cameras around their residence.

On June 25th, the child's mother viewed the surveillance tapes and witnessed Kufchak hitting her daughter at least 10 times and dragging her by her legs. She also saw her throw the child down, causing an injury to her leg.

Kufchak was booked into jail and charged with first- and second-degree child abuse, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. She was released after posting $25,000 bond. She is due to appear in court July 29th.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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