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Couple could face up to 20 years in prison for child abuse

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Prosecutors say the girl's mother, Jennifer Banks, and her boyfriend, Kenon Pack, whipped her almost everyday for just about anything. Prosecutors say the girl's mother, Jennifer Banks, and her boyfriend, Kenon Pack, whipped her almost everyday for just about anything.
Prosecutors describe it as a weapon used to smack the backside of a 5-year-old little girl's legs nearly everyday. Prosecutors describe it as a weapon used to smack the backside of a 5-year-old little girl's legs nearly everyday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis couple is on trial for punishing a little girl. Officers say they beat her with paddles.

The victim was just 5 years old at the time. Prosecutors say the girl's mother, Jennifer Banks, and her boyfriend, Kenon Pack, whipped her almost everyday for just about anything.

Eric Carlisle, a Memphis Police Department crime scene officer, was called to 2439 JoAnna Drive on December 20, 2010. He collected a piece of evidence, which was belts attached to a wooden handle.

Prosecutors describe it as a weapon used to smack the backside of a 5-year-old little girl's legs nearly everyday.

The couple was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after the little girl's school principal from Alcy Elementary noticed the girl having difficulty even walking. She called the police.

If Banks and Pack are convicted as charged they each face between 15 and 20 years in prison.

The principal testified tearfully as she described the student's injuries. The paramedic who treated the girl described the injuries as significant, which resulted in the girl going to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital where she was first downgraded to critical condition before ultimately making a full recovery.

The young victim, now 8 years old, lives in another state with other family members. She took the stand to testify Wednesday.

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