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MANSFIELD -- Kahlifa Fuljham, 47, has been indicted for five counts of rape and five counts of sexual battery. He also is facing a charge of gross sexual imposition, said Jodie Schumaker, of the Richland County Prosecutor's office.

"It's alleged that the child victim was sexually assaulted by the defendant," said the first assistant prosecuting attorney.

Schumaker said the female victim, 17 at the time, was allegedly assaulted on March 11, 2019.

"All the charges stem from the same incident," she said.

In another case, co-defendants Richard Hannah, 23, and Betty Jo Dial, 18, have been indicted for incidents allegedly taking place between March 11 and May 4 of 2018.

Dial has been charged with felonious assault, serious youthful offender specification, endangering children and serious youthful offender specification. Hannah was indicted with felonious assault and four counts of endangering children.

"A child victim presented to a family member symptoms and eventually went to the hospital," Schumaker said. "The hospital recognized (evidence) that prompted further investigation -- serious head injuries and such."

Schumaker said she didn't know the relationship between the co-defendants.

The victim was an infant, she added.

Schumaker also outlined a third case which started with a routine traffic stop. Zachary Zeiter, 27, allegedly bit a Richland County Sheriff's deputy around State Route 430 and Smith Avenue.

"It started as a traffic stop then he committed an alleged felonious assault," Schumaker said. "The deputy was seriously bitten on his forearm."

She said the deputy has since returned to work.

Zeiter's charges include felonious assault, forfeiture, specification, two counts of assault, two forfeiture specifications, vandalism and reckless operation.

Schumaker said Zeiter was pulled over after showing signs of road rage.

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.