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Babysitter arrested after Madison Co. toddler suffers brain injury

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Published: Nov. 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM EST
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Angela Powers is in the Madison County Detention Center charged with criminal abuse of a child (12 or under) and assault second-degree.

Richmond Police arrested Powers on Monday in connection with an incident in September at a home on Edgewood Drive. Officers began investigating after a report of an 18-month-old girl falling down the stairs while Powers was babysitting her. Investigators say the child's injuries appeared more severe than just a fall down the stairs as Powers described.

Powers' arrest citation indicates doctors at Kentucky Children's Hospital diagnosed the toddler with a brain bleed and other external injuries. Police then questioned Powers, who they say admitted to shoving the toddler, causing her to hit her back and head on an old television set. Police say Powers told them she made up the story and called 911 when the girl lost consciousness.

Police have not said why they believe Powers abused the child.

Lexi Taulbee lives nearby and says the news of what happened was disturbing.

"It's just scary to think that there's people that are out there that are close to me that are just evil people."

A man that lives at the home where the abuse allegedly occurred told WKYT's Tanner Hesterberg that the incident has been blown out of proportion.

A judge is scheduled to arraign Powers on Wednesday morning at 9:00 in Madison County District Court.

Powers declined our request for comment.

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