Last week, authorities apprehended a 31-year-old woman, identified as Kayla Frazier, and a 27-year-old man, Austin Frazier, on charges of allegedly abusing a young girl who managed to escape to safety.
On Thursday, January 25, the Ashland Police Department responded to a call reporting a potential child abuse situation. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 9-year-old girl, visibly injured, who had just fled her residence. The child was promptly transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
As detectives delved into the case, they uncovered a significant history of child abuse. A search of the Frazier residence yielded evidence that reportedly substantiated previously gathered facts. Both Kayla and Austin Frazier were subsequently arrested on charges of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12.
According to reports from the Daily Independent, Kayla Frazier is identified as the victim’s mother, while Austin Frazier is her stepfather. The young girl allegedly informed the police that both individuals had subjected her to physical abuse, including striking her with a metal pipe, placing her hand on a stove, and hitting her in the head with another object. Fleeing the house, the girl sought help from a neighbor after being forcibly expelled.
A male neighbor recounted observing visible injuries on the child, including a cut on her head and a black eye. His wife shared that the girl was forthcoming about the abuse. Medical examinations at the hospital revealed multiple broken bones at various stages of healing.
During the incident, some of the girl’s family members purportedly engaged in aggressive behavior toward the neighbors, knocking and pounding on their door before the police arrived. A female neighbor described the intense situation, expressing distress at the loud and persistent attempts to enter their home.