North Carolina mother accused of breaking daughter's arm

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Shawna Sowder

RALEIGH (WPVI) -- A mother in Raleigh, North Carolina is in jail accused of twisting 7-year-old daughter's arm so severely it broke and beating the child until she had a bloody nose and was covered in bruises.

Shawna Sowder, 42, is charged with intentional child abuse causing serious injury and assault on a child.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison if convicted.

Sowder's daughter has been placed in the custody of her paternal grandparents.

In court Monday, Sowder's attorney asked that her $85,000 bond be reduced. The judge declined and ruled that Sowder is to have zero contact with her daughter.

Sowder's next court date is scheduled for December 14.

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