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Alabama woman accused of child abuse after niece allegedly beat younger sibling to death with broomstick: Cops

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Source: MEGA; Mobile Police Department

Feb. 10 2022, Published 10:12 a.m. ET

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A 9-year-old girl in Alabama is accused of assault in connection to the fatal beating of her younger brother with a broomstick, court documents show.

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On Feb. 3, police responded to a home in Mobile, where they found the 4-year-old boy dead, and officers noted the victim had multiple injuries to his body, WALA reported.

According to court documents, the children’s aunt and caregiver, Yolanda Coale, 53, awoke to the children’s screams as the girl allegedly attacked her sibling.

A day after the boy died, authorities arrested his aunt, Coale, and charged her with aggravated child abuse, the Associated Press reported.

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In the court documents, there allegedly was a history of abuse in the home, but police did not indicate if or how Coale was involved.

“I’m unaware of any abuse that Ms. Coale could be accused of,” a friend of Coale, who wished to remain anonymous, told WALA. “I’ve never seen her be aggressive to anyone — to me, her children, her grandchildren.”

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Coale’s bail was set at $150,000.

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The young victim’s autopsy results are pending.

child abuse case
Source: MEGA; Mobile Police Department

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