Independence mother charged with felony child abuse after prosecutors say she horrifically beat her young daughter

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An Independence woman is charged with felony child abuse after prosecutors say she beat her little girl so badly, she had a broken nose, a swollen lip and bruises all over her body.

Kimberly Cooper, 32, is now in the Jackson County jail under a $50,000 cash bond.

Cooper’s brother said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he returned home to see his beloved 10-year-old niece covered in blood.

“I have never been so horrified in my life,” Peters said. “I pulled in my driveway and when I saw her, I couldn’t even move.”

Prosecutors said the girl had scratches, bumps, bruises and swelling all over her body. A doctor later determined her nose was broken in two places.

“You don’t want to see what I saw,” Peters said. “You don`t want to see your niece bleeding. You don`t want to see your niece have a broken nose. I don`t want to see anybody go through pain, but my own family?”

FOX 4 did not shoot any video of the little girl, but FOX 4 reporter Katie Banks talked with her off-camera Wednesday evening. Her injuries were obvious, but her spirits were high as she talked about hopefully recovering in time to attend a friend’s sleepover.

Her family is glad she’s doing okay but are worried about the lasting effects of what happened.

“Just the emotional damage is I think worse than anything,” Peters said.

Prosecutors said after Cooper’s violent rage, she padlocked the girl in a bedroom. Court documents show her mother asked a friend to call 911 when she returned home and saw what happened.

Cooper told detectives she had no remorse because her daughter “got what she deserved,” according to court documents.

“All I could do was cry,” Peters said, “and I prayed.”

Peters said his sister suffers from Schizophrenia and had stopped taking her medication. He describes her past few months as a downward spiral.

“Withdrawal, alcohol use, drug use,” he said of her recent troublesome behavior.

Peters is hoping by sharing their tragic story, other families experiencing abuse will have the courage to come forward.

“You have to be strong and you have to step up,” he said, “because if you don`t step up, it can be a worse situation than what I’m going through. You can lose your family.”