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Police: Caregiver threatens to throw 6-year-old out of window

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Police say a 6-year-old girl was the victim of multiple instances of abuse from a caregiver.

Kimberly Howells, 25, was supervising the welfare of the victim and residing in the same residence during the time of the reported offenses.

In January, Child Protective Services Investigators for the Northampton County Offices of Children and Youth conducted an investigation involving the 6-year-old victim when it was reported she had numerous bruising and contusions to multiple body parts. 

Detective Thomas Galloway of the City of Bethlehem Police Department took it upon himself to contact the doctor working at the Lehigh County Child Advocacy Center in the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where the victim was seen.

Dr. Esernio-Jensson said she conducted a physical exam and took a verbal history account from the 6 year old. During the examination, the doctor noted bruising of varying degrees to the victim's head, face, ears, arms, hips, legs, and buttocks. The victim told Esernio-Jensson they were caused by Howells. 

Detective Galloway then interviewed the victim and she said she was bruised because Howells would hit and strike her with her hands, grip her ears and twist them, and also squeeze and grip her arms and legs hard.

The victim recalled an incident where Howells entered her bedroom and accused her of lying. She said Howells then forcefully struck her on the buttocks demanding the truth. Then she grabbed her ears and twisted them.

The victim also says Howells picked her up and held her legs with one hand and her neck with the other in front of an open window and asked for the truth or she'd be thrown out the window to the ground. 

Howells proceeded to throw the victim forcefully on the floor of the bedroom where she struck her head, back and legs on the floor and wall causing her pain. She says she was afraid she was going to be thrown out the window, according to the police report. 

Detective Galloway has asked Howells answer to the charges he's filed, some of which include endangering the welfare of children and simple assault. She was arraigned Wednesday and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15.

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