Babysitter accused of child abuse after kids suffer injuries, including broken back

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Destinie Preston, was charged with multiple counts of assault and endangering children, after investigators say three young children suffered injuries while in her care (Courtesy: Franklin County Jail)

A 22-year-old is facing multiple counts after a grandmother reported her three young grandchildren had bruises, welts, and a toddler suffered three spinal fractures. Destinie Preston, from Columbus, was arrested on July 10th and charged with three counts of assault and three counts of endangering children.

Investigators say Dawne Wright agreed to let Preston keep her three grandchildren, ranging in age from 13 months to four years old on June 27. When Wright picked them up June 30, she told police she noticed bruising on all of them, so took them to Nationwide Children's Hospital to be checked out. That's when a medical exam revealed the 13-month-old had three spinal fractures caused by compression. The four-year-old and two-year-old had bruises and welts from being whipped with a belt all over their bodies, including on the two-year-old's face, according to court documents.

Authorities are still investigating.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.