MANSFIELD -- Two people were arrested on felony warrants and a 7-year-old was taken to an area hospital after Mansfield Police said Wednesday they were alerted to a child abuse case.
"This is one of the worst child-abuse cases I have seen," Mansfield Police Capt. Shari Robertson said. "I give credit to our detectives and patrol officers who worked together in an effort to quickly take those responsible into custody."
Tosha Martin-Henning, 26, and Joshua Henning, 30, were arrested on Sunday morning for felonious assault by third-shift patrol officers, a press release stated. After speaking to detectives, both were incarcerated at the Richland County Jail on the felony warrants. Joshua Henning was also on probation for felony Domestic Violence in reference to a different case.
The 7-year-old victim was left in the care of hospital personnel, where the child was being treated following the incident, authorities stated.
On April 25, Mansfield Police stated a report was taken from a custodial relative concerning suspicious and "appalling" injuries involving a 7-year-old juvenile. The ensuing investigation led to a search warrant which was executed, with the assistance of patrol officers, on a residence in the 100 block of East 1st Street.
According to police, During the search warrant and investigation, certain evidence was collected and the two suspects in the assault identified.
This investigation is ongoing and has involved Richland County Children Services, Richland County Probation, the Reynoldsburg Police Department and the Columbus Police Department; all of whom have assisted Major Crimes Detectives during the initial investigation.
"If anyone has any additional information concerning this case, please contact the detectives handling the investigation," Robertson said. "We are asking that anyone who may have additional information concerning this crime, to please contact Major Crimes Det. Larry Schacherer at 419-755-9766 or Det. J-Mark Perry at 419-755-9730."