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“It has shaken our most experienced detectives to the soul,” Horrific case of child abuse discovered in Florida

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DUNDEE, Fla. – Deputies in Florida say they are still trying to come to terms with a horrific case of suspected child abuse.

Michael Hickin says he was outside of his home when he heard a girl crying for help.

“She said, ‘Can you help me?’ Over and over, ‘Can you help me?’ I thought it was a joke at first,” Hickin said.

Hickin told WFLA that the girl told him that she was caught in the brush and had a broken shoulder.

Doctors soon learned the 17-year-old girl was suffering from a stab wound, a broken shoulder, infected sores and malnutrition.

The girl told investigators that she was not allowed to use a restroom, which led to her soiling herself. She also said she hadn’t been allowed to bathe in months.

The victim also alleges that she was beaten for months with a metal pipe, stabbed with a pocketknife and kicked with metal-studded boots.

“It has shaken our most experienced detectives to the soul,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Authorities arrested 33-year-old Melissa Peters and 45-year-old Kris Peters for child abuse.