Officials: Victim Sustained Facial Injuries That Required Multiple Stitches

HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey couple is accused of abusing a child and telling the victim to lie about the injuries.

The Bergen County prosecutor’s office says 35-year-old Crystalann Clarke, of Bergenfield, and her boyfriend, 35-year-old Patel Whyte, of Hackensack, were both arrested Monday.

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On Sunday, Hackensack Police received a report that Clarke had physically assaulted a child, causing facial injuries that required multiple stitches.

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According to investigators, Clarke and Whyte told the child to lie about where the injuries came from so that Clarke would not be investigated for child abuse.

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Clarke is facing charges of child abuse and hindering apprehension. Whyte has been charged with hindering apprehension.