A couple have been arrested on suspicion of subjecting a six-year-old boy to a catalogue of abuse over a four-year period.
Florida couple Samantha Smith, 27, and Cody Corbin, 30, have both been detained by police after officers found the child with bruising and permanent scars on his body.
According to media reports, it is alleged the pair tried to hide the telltale signs of abuse with makeup and temporary tattoos after a medical examination took place.
Among the list of sickening alleged abuse were accusations the little lad was punched and kicked, bitten on the shoulders and toes, had his genitalia pinched and was beaten with objects.
Detectives from Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say, despite the child suffering terrible injuries, there is no record Smith took the boy to hospital.
In addition, it is also claimed the couple from St Petersburg, Florida, would also withhold food from the child to punish him.
They now face charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect with Smith also accused of the additional crimes of great bodily harm and child neglect.
Police say they uncovered the abuse after when deputies were called to attend Smith’s home on May 14 and found the boy there, with multiple injuries.
Eye On Tampa Bay reports a child protection worker and a deputy located the 6-year-old child hiding under a bed in the house.
The case was then picked up by the Crimes Against Children Unit.
A police-sanctioned medical examination found wounds and permanent scars on his body indicated he was physically abused for a period of at least four years.
It is unclear at this stage how they are related to the child in question.
Smith and Corbin were arrested on Friday and taken to the Pinellas County Jail while awaiting their next court appearance.
The investigation continues.