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Authorities: Dallas Co. girl beaten 'to prevent her from becoming like her birth mother'

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DALLAS CO., AL (WSFA) -

A student at Valley Grande Elementary School in Dallas County unknowingly blew a child abuse case wide open. The student told the principal about an 11-year-old classmate who was being abused.

One thing led to another and investigators traced the abuse to a mobile home on County Road 277 five miles away from the school.

Thomas Speed is not only shocked but even more stunned it happened two doors down from him.

"It's ridiculous. It's quiet up here, but I never knew this was going on," Speed said.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department says 27-year-old Jonathan Wilson and his wife, 25-year-old Tessie Wilson, physically and mentally abused the young girl. The 11-year-old is Tessie Wilson's niece, who was living with them.

"The suspects felt as though the child did not perform her household chores property," said Sgt. Mike Granthum of the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.

Granthum tells WSFA 12 News the alleged abuse went on for about two hours this week at the suspects' home. Investigators say it's one of the worse child abuse cases they've seen in a long time in Dallas County.

"The girl suffered severe abrasions and bruises on the back of her right leg. They beat her with a belt and then used a wet towel. There is also blood in her urine, which could indicate kidney damage," Granthum said. "The couple gave a statement and said they saw this as a way to prevent the child from becoming like her birth mother who lost custody of the child when she was much younger. We don't know where the father is," Granthum added.

WSFA 12 News was unable to reach the Selma attorneys representing the Wilsons. The married couple is still in the Dallas County Jail with bonds totaling $500,000 a piece. The formal charge is Aggravated Child Abuse.

The child is now living with a foster care family.

Back on County Road 277 relatives of the family were too upset to talk about the situation and Speed wonders how such a thing could happen. "It's not the child's fault," said Speed.

Dallas County authorities are calling the victim's classmate at Valley Grande Elementary School a 'hero,' saying she did the right thing at the right time. 

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