Bullhead City mom, step-father arrested for alleged child abuse

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The following is a news released from the Bullhead City Police Department.

BULLHEAD CITY -- Bullhead City Police arrested the parents of a 9-year-old girl on several child abuse related charges.

On Sunday, January 11th, 2009, a family member reported the suspected abuse to law enforcement.

After further investigation, police discovered that while the family lived in Bullhead City between December 2007 and February 2008, the victim (then 8 years old) was severely beaten and abused by her step-father, 25-year-old Juan Manuel Corral Jr.

On several occasions during this time "as a form of discipline", the girl was dragged to the bathroom by her hair and forced to take cold showers for up to one hour, was forced to remove her clothing and eat her dinner on the floor "like a dog" and made to urinate and defecate on the floor "like a dog."

During a week in January, 2008, Corral Jr punched and slapped the victim in the head and punched her in the stomach numerous times. The victim was so severely beaten, she missed an entire week of school because her body was badly bruised. Corral Jr also inappropriately touched her as another form of "discipline." The victim's mother, 32-year-old Dawn M. Corral stood by and watched the abuse and did nothing to protect her daughter.

Police believe the abuse continued when the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in February, 2008. The case will be forwarded to the Phoenix Police Department for follow up.

Bullhead City Police arrested the victim's parents yesterday, January 14th in Bullhead City, where the family now resides.

Juan Corral Jr was arrested for sexual contact with a minor, sexual molestation of a minor, endangerment per domestic violence and aggravated assault per domestic violence. Dawn Corral was arrested for child abuse per domestic violence, endangerment per domestic violence and aggravated assault per domestic violence. The suspects were booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.