Warrant issued in child neglect case

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  An investigation that began back in October of 2013 has led to a warrant being issued for a woman involved in a case where her two girls were placed in foster care after they were found to have bruises consistent with abuse.

Court documents filed Tuesday revealed that the two children whose ages were not disclosed were taken into custody by the Department of Child Services on October 8, 2013.  The foster parent they were placed into the care of noticed bruises and cars that seemed unusual.  The children were taken to a hospital for examination.

The exams were forwarded to a doctor in Indianapolis who advised that the bruises were consistent with abuse, but the scars from burns were inconclusive.

The mother, Joanna M. Tucker told investigators that unless they could find her fingerprints on the girls, they couldn’t prove she had abused them.

On October 30, 2013, Tucker in the presence of her attorney agreed to be interviewed by police, however she never arrived for the interview.

She’s now facing a charge of Neglect of a Dependent.  A warrant for her arrest was issued Tuesday, April 8, 2014.




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