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Kentucky Girl, 9, Escapes From Home After Her Parents Allegedly Beat Her With Metal Pipe: Cops

Kentucky Couple Accused of Beating 9-Year-Old With Metal Pipe
Source: Ashland Police Department

Austin (left) and Kayla Frazier (right) are accused of beating Kayla's 9-year-old daughter with metal pipe.

Feb. 3 2024, Published 11:02 a.m. ET

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A 9-year-old girl in Kentucky who allegedly was being abused managed to escape to safety and now her alleged abusers have been arrested, police said.

On Jan. 25, officers received a call about a possible child abuse situation, according to the Ashland Police Department.

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Ashland officers said they found the girl, who had just fled her home, with “apparent visible injuries.” She was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Investigators determined there was a “substantial history of child abuse" in the home.

Detectives searched the home belonging to Kayla Frazier, 31, and Austin Frazier, 27, and reportedly found evidence that allegedly “corroborates facts gathered previously,” authorities said.

The parents were both arrested and charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12.

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Kayla Frazier is the victim’s mother and Austin Frazier is the victim’s stepfather, The Daily Independent reported.

The girl claimed to police that Kayla and Austin both allegedly hit her with a metal pipe, put her hand on a stove and struck her in the head with another object. They then allegedly threw her out of the house, which is when she ran down the street for help, according to authorities.

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A neighbor who let the little girl come inside his home said the child had a cut on her head and a black eye. The neighbor's wife said the girl “didn’t hide anything” and was “open about it all,” The Daily Independent reported.

While the girl was at the neighbor’s house, some of her family members allegedly started “kicking” and “pounding” on the neighbor’s door, officials said.

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The wife of the neighbor told The Daily Independent, "I was almost hyperventilating at that point. I could hear my heartbeat, the knocking was so loud. If they weren’t knocking or kicking, they were ringing the doorbell."

At the hospital, doctors reportedly determined the victim had suffered multiple broken bones, which were in varying stages of healing.

Ashland Police said additional charges may be filed against Kayla and Austin Frazier.

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