A third arrest was made at around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in the case involving child abuse with a wooden spoon after a Christian County warrant was served on a woman at the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, according to a Hopkinsville Police Department report.

Courtney Harper, 22, Hopkinsville, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12.

According to the warrant, Harper admitted to police that she spanked a 5-year-old and 6-year-old with a wooden spoon to discipline them.

Harper allegedly committed the abuse in conjunction with Jessica Maddux and Donnie T. Freeman, who also abused the children with the same wooden spoon. Both Freeman and Maddux have already been arrested for their involvement in the child abuse.

Photographs of the abuse were taken and showed very severe bruising on each children’s butts and backs of their legs, the report added.

The following information was obtained through police, police reports or the Christian County Jail. Readers are reminded that a charge is only an accusation and everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law

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