Mother Under Investigation For Child Abuse

A Smith County woman is under investigation for physically assaulting her 3-year old stepdaughter

The child was take to a local hospital Thursday with several bruises and lacerations on her head and neck. Authorities say suspicion turned to the girl's 21-year old step-mother when her story conflicted with evidence collected from the scene. The three-year old and her older step-sister have been placed in foster care. So far, no charges have been filed.

Smith County authorities say the girl's father was at home during the incident, but doesn't appear to be involved.