NEWPORT NEWS -- A Newport News father has been charged after his 9-year-old told a teacher she was 'whipped' with a belt.

According to police spokesman Lou Thurston, the child had several marks on her body and face that were consistent with being hit with a belt.

Thurston said the girl told a school faculty member on Jan. 10 and Child Protective Services were notified.

Following an investigation, police charged 31-year-old Leondus Fred Woods with one count of felony child abuse.

Thurston says the girl is with other family members.

Woods was released on bond by a magistrate.

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