Ray County man, woman charged with over 50 counts of child abuse - KCTV5 News

Ray County man, woman charged with over 50 counts of child abuse, neglect

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Mario Barreto (Ray County Jail) Mario Barreto (Ray County Jail)
Melissa Holloway (Ray County Jail) Melissa Holloway (Ray County Jail)
RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV/AP) -

A Ray County couple is charged with more than 50 felony counts of child abuse and neglect involving a 9-year-old girl.

Authorities say the girl was abused for months, including allegedly being struck with an ax.

Mario Barreto, 29. of Camden, is charged with 29 counts of child abuse or neglect. And 25-year-old Melissa Holloway, also of Camden, faces 22 counts of child abuse or neglect and one count of hindering prosecution. The child was in the care of Barreto, a relative of the girl.

Both pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Court records indicate the girl was hospitalized in February with several injuries, including fingers on her right hand that were allegedly crushed with an ax head.

Online court records don't indicate the couple has attorneys.

Both are currently in prison in the Ray County Jail. 

A $250,000 bond has been requested for Barreto; a $150,000 was requested for Holloway.

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