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SAWYER, Okla. – A mother was arrested after she allegedly abused her children.

Police say the investigation began when the alleged abuse was reported by the oldest child’s school.

“We got called to the Fort Towson School last Thursday and the kid had missed school for about a week and shows up with bruising around the face area,” said Sawyer Police Chief John Jones. “DHS was contacted. They came out and brought a nurse out and she also agreed that it looked like abuse to her. So at that point, we began an investigation. We talked to the kids, some cousins and the parents. These are all kids under the age of 5.”

A search warrant was performed at 27-year-old Katherine Duncan’s house Tuesday afternoon. Police say it’s not the first time they’ve been called to the home.

“There’s a pretty lengthy history of domestic and also drug use at the house,” Jones said.¬†“We were told that the child was beat with certain items. Burned with items and beat with items,” Jones said.

Jones told KXII the condition of the house was not suitable for children to live in and police saw “trash, human feces and dog feces.”

Duncan currently faces child abuse by injury, however more charges could filed.