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Posey County Mom Arrested After Kids Found With 'Significant Bruising' on Faces

Two of the Mt. Vernon woman's three children, who are ages 4-years-old, 2-years-old, and 8-months-old, were found with 'significant bruising' on their faces, according to the sheriff's office.

Posted: Jun 10, 2021 9:02 AM
Updated: Jun 10, 2021 1:05 PM

A mother in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, is facing multiple felony charges after two of her three children were found with "significant bruising" on their faces, according to the Posey County Sheriff's Office.

PCSO says deputies were called to a home on E. Mackey Ferry Road in Mt. Vernon on Wednesday after being contacted by a Family Case Manager with the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Darbie Lynn Prial, 27, was arrested in Mt. Vernon on Wednesday - Posey County Sheriff's Office

The case manager told PCSO that they were currently investigating a physical abuse allegation on three kids under the age of five at the home.

When deputies arrived at the home Wednesday, PCSO says deputies saw "significant bruising" on the faces of two of the three children at the home.

Throughout the investigation, the sheriff's office says a detective was able to determine the bruises were caused by the mother of the children, who was identified as 27-year-old Darbie Lynn Prial.


Darbie Lynn Prial - PCSO 

PCSO says Prial was arrested and charged with two Level 3 Felony counts of Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury to a Child Less Than 14 Years of Age, and one county of Battery Causing Injury to a Child less than 14, a Level 5 Felony.

The three children, 4, 2, and 8 months of age, were taken into care by the Indiana Department of Child Services, according to PCSO. The kids will also be taken to a local hospital to be examined by doctors and medical professionals.

Prial is currently being held in the Posey County Jail where her bond is $50,005 cash.

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