Social workers: Numerous complaints against girl's mother for abuse

(WJLA) - Reports indicate that several instances of inadequate care and potential child abuse have been logged against the mother of missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd over the past several years.

According to a report by the Washington Post, social workers logged three complaints against Shamika Young, Rudd's mother, in 2007, 2010 and 2013, regarding her care and treatment of Relisha and her three brothers.

The complaints, read to Post reporters, mentioned failure to provide enough food for the children and inadequate living conditions, including excessive trash and cigarette butts littering the home where the four children lived with Young at the time. Additionally, the complaints also mention injuries noted on Relisha that social workers said "could have been caused by abuse."

Complaints also indicated that the children were frequently left alone and even allowed to bathe without supervision.

The Post also refers to a report filed at the D.C. General shelter just four months ago that indicated one of Relisha's brothers had been thrown to the ground, causing him to cut his lip, and that he had been slapped in the face by Young. Social workers also said they had witnessed her being "verbally abusive" to the children on numerous occasions.

Read more from the Washington Post's report.

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