Betty Sue Shell faces child abuse charges after a 5-year-old was discovered with bruises

Cops say woman used makeup to conceal bruises

SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Palm Beach County woman faces child abuse charges after a 5-year-old was discovered with bruises on her arms, face, legs, back, stomach and buttocks, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Betty Sue Shell Sunday.

The alleged 5-year-old victim told a deputy that Shell "throws her to the floor" as discipline, the affidavit stated.

The report noted that the child's bruised face was covered up with cosmetics.

Shell later admitted to hitting the child with a belt as punishment and applied makeup to conceal the injuries, the affidavit states.

The sheriff's office charged Shell with three counts of aggravated child abuse.
 

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