Auburn woman, 20, accused of child abuse

A 20-year-old Auburn, Ala., woman is accused of abusing a child while working at a child care facility in the 600 block of North Dean Road, police said Friday.

Melanie R. Mitchell was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with felony aggravated child abuse, Auburn Police Division said in a release. She is held on $10,000 bond at the Lee County Detention Facility.

The charge stems from a complaint that was reported to police on Tuesday by a staff member at the child care facility. Police were told a child under 12 was abused while in the care of Mitchell, an employee.

Police were assisted in the investigation by Lee County Department of Human Resources. Mitchell is no longer employed at the facility.

The child did not require medical treatment for injuries that weren’t serious.

The case remains under investigation by investigators at the Auburn Police Division and Lee County Department of Human Resources.----