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Warrant: Upstate foster mother kept abused child in doghouse

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SENECA, SC (WYFF) -

An Upstate foster mother is accused of abusing a child in her care and is now facing several charges, according to Seneca Police Chief John Covington.

Covington said Mattie Brooks, 58, is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and one count of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

According to an arrest warrant, Brooks mutilated the child, confined the child to a doghouse for hours and days at a time, caused the child to drink unsafe chemicals, burned the child and deprived the child of food and water.

The warrant said the abuse happened between February 1999 and December 2009 and involved a female child.

A separate warrant said Brooks engaged in sexual battery with a child when she was  between the ages of 5 and 8 years old in March 2004.

Brooks was arrested during a search at a home near downtown Seneca Thursday morning.

Covington said this is part of an investigation that has been going on for several months.

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