A 22-year-old man has been arrested after police say he beat a 5-year-old child in his care in Harrison County.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the suspect was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of abuse or neglect of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to court documents, the child was found walking along U.S. Highway 136 outside the city limits of Mount Moriah by an individual around 10:51 a.m. Wednesday. Court documents say the suspect did not know the girl was missing until he woke up around 11:30 a.m.

Authorities say the child's legs had evidence of bruising.

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