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.