Oskaloosa woman accused of torturing child
by Dennis Sharkey
An Oskaloosa woman is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail on charges that she allegedly tortured a child.
Lori A. Courter, 22, is facing one count of abuse of a child; torture to cause great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm.
Courter was arrested after an interview with investigators.
Sheriff Jeff Herrig said the investigation began on June 13 when his department was contacted by Jefferson County Ambulance about a possible child abuse case.
Courter is accused of burning a three-year-old female. Courter had been watching the child. Herrig said he believed the child’s father was the boyfriend of Courter and both lived together.
Herrig said he could not comment on the degree to which the child was burned or how she was burned but indicated the injuries were serious.
“They’re not good,” Herrig said about photos he viewed of the child’s injuries.
Herrig said the investigation is still ongoing but investigators believed they had enough information after speaking with Courter to charge her.
As of press time Tuesday morning Courter had not been before a judge to set bond.
The only information about the child’s condition is that she is recovering.
Short URL: http://www.jeffcountynews.com/?p=13808