Shenandoah County authorities have accused a Strasburg area woman of child abuse after she left her 2-year old daughter in the care of a man who struck the girl on at least two occasions.

Caitlin Arlene Pool remains free on bond while charged with two counts of causing or allowing serious injury to the life or health of a child by willful act, omission or refusal to provide necessary care. A grand jury in Shenandoah County Circuit Court indicted Pool on the two charges on Dec. 12. Pool, 25, was released on bond from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Friday.

The man accused in court documents of “whipping” the child on two occasions has not been charged with any crime related to the case, according to the Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court or the Circuit Court.

The case originated in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office investigator G.D. Ogle arrested Pool on Oct. 12 and charged her with one count of child abuse. The arrest warrant indicates the alleged offense took place Aug. 26.

A criminal complaint filed with the case states that Pool left her 2-year-old daughter in the care of a man identified as Timothy Terrence Bell Jr., of Strasburg.

“At that time Bell whipped her daughter on the buttocks leaving a concentrated red area on her entire buttocks,” the complaint states. “A witness stated that Bell admitted to whipping the child and advised (Pool) what occurred and (Pool) did not seek medical attention for her child.”

A second arrest warrant also dated Oct. 12 accuses Pool of committing child abuse on Oct. 5. A related criminal complaint states that Pool left her daughter in the care of Bell at a Woodstock residence.

“At that time Bell whipped her daughter on the buttocks leaving bruising from her lower back to the top of her thighs,” the complaint states. “The bruising also covered her entire buttocks area.

“When asked about the bruising (Pool) stated it did not look that bad,” the complaint adds. “(Pool) did not offer her daughter medical attention.”

A magistrate set Pool’s bond at $7,500 secured shortly after the defendant’s arrest Oct. 15, according to a checklist for bail determinations. The magistrate notes in the checklist that Pool worked in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The magistrate added that the Department of Social Services is taking care of the child. Pool’s criminal history, according to the magistrate, includes convictions for drug distribution and possession as well as prostitution.

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