Sheriff: Pass Christian woman arrested after physically abusing foster child

Sheriff: Pass Christian woman arrested after physically abusing foster child
Charlene Hilliard was booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility and charged with 2 counts of felony child abuse. (Photo source: Harrison County Jail)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Sheriff Troy Peterson with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies arrested 56-year-old Charlene Hilliard of Pass Christian on two counts of felony child abuse Thursday.

Peterson says a child abuse complaint was made by officials at Delisle Elementary School to the sheriff’s office on April 10. According to Peterson, a school official reported that a 6-year-old female student showed signs of physical abuse.

Investigators determined that Hilliard, the child’s foster parent, physically abused the child on several occasions. A search of Hilliard’s home, along with a forensic interview with the child, resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for her arrest.

Hilliard was booked into the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility. Her bond is set at $150,000.

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