Cass County mom and boyfriend accused of abusing 6-year-old girl

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GARDEN CITY, Mo. -- A six-year-old Cass County girl is in state custody Wednesday night after telling investigators her mother and her mother's boyfriend both physically abused her over the weekend.

According to a probable cause statement, a six-year-old girl told a Cass County Sheriff's deputy her mother physically abused her at her rural Garden City home.

The child says on Sunday her mom, Jennifer Hocker, 26, hit her on the side of her neck with an open hand for crying while the child did wall sits.

The little girl said she was being disciplined and started crying "because the wall sits hurt her back and legs."

In the court documents, the deputy says he observed a large bruise on the child's neck which extended from below her ear to under her jawbone.

The child told the deputy that she didn't go to school Monday because of the mark on her neck.

The six-year-old also said her mom's boyfriend, Adam Foreman, 30, struck her several times across her bottom with a cord. The deputy says he discovered several marks on the child's bottom as well.

Both suspects denied hitting the child.

Meantime, the little girl also told the deputy that her mom and foreman smoked marijuana and other illegal drugs in the family's home on a regular basis. A home where the deputy says he saw drug paraphernalia and a "living room floor covered with clothes, trash, dirt and sticks.”

The couple's three children; ages six, four, and five months, are now in the custody of child protective services.

Foreman is now free on bond, while Hocker remains in jail as of Wednesday night. Both are expected in court next month.