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Family: Babysitter severely beat toddler

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The family of a toddler is speaking out after they say a babysitter physically abused their little girl.

The victim's grandmother says she was beaten so badly she had to be rushed to a nearby hospital. The grandmother says the family knew the babysitter for years, but they never imagined this person would harm a child.

"I cried, I cried, I screamed to my husband, I said 'Come here, look,'" said Colleen Putny. She said her 20-month-old granddaughter, Lindsay, was badly beaten by her babysitter and that the young child's body is now bruised from head to toe.

"She got a laceration in her liver, her back is black and blue, [and] her face is purple," said Putny. "She's a sweet baby, what can a 20-month-old do to make you beat her that bad?"

Putny showed us the pictures of Lindsay's injuries, but they were too disturbing for to publish.

Putny said she was originally told Lindsay fell on the cement, but she wasn't buying that story, so she called police.

"The detective took the case right away," explained Putny.

Early Thursday morning, one person was taken into custody, but that person has not yet been charged and authorities are not releasing the person's name.

Meanwhile, Putny is warning parents to pay more attention to who they leave their kids with.

"Be careful, [your children] are the most important thing in this life," exclaimed Putny.

The family tells TV5 they just signed the paperwork moments ago to pursue first-degree child abuse charges against the babysitter.

Sadly, TV5 is also told Lindsay had to be readmitted to the hospital because of her injuries.

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