Atlantic couple charged with child abuse


August 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic couple was being held in the Cass County Jail today (Friday), after they were arrested Thursday on charges related to child abuse. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 21-year old Tony Berry and 20-year old Alyssa Bates, have each been charged with Multiple Acts of Child Endangerment, Willful Injury, and two-counts each of Serious Assault. Berry faces an additional charge of 1st degree Harassment.

Police Chief Steve Green says the couple were placed under arrest following an investigation into allegations of child abuse occurring at their home. After officers accompanied Department of Human Services personnel to home and conducted an investigation Tuesday, a four-month old child was taken into protective custody.

Green says the investigation, which also involved medical staff at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, determined the child had suffered abuse and serious injury. The infant was placed with the DHS, pending the outcome of Bates’ and Berry’s court proceedings.