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A judge set a bond requirement Monday of 10 percent of $5,000 for the pretrial release of Ashley Nicole Young, 25, of Great Mills on charges of second-degree child abuse and committing a second-degree assault last weekend on her daughter.

The 6-year-old girl's grandmother told police that the child had been beaten several times with a belt while in the suspect's custody on Saturday at a Lexington Park apartment, and police found bruises on the child's legs and stomach and a small cut on her nose, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary's sheriff's deputy William Wood.

The suspect told police that she struck the child with the belt for “arguing and back talking,” court papers state, and that she was trying to strike the child on the buttocks.

Public defender Sarah Elkins said at a court hearing, “This was an incident involving disciplining her child, not abusing her child.”

JOHN WHARTON