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– A Fort Wayne woman faces a felony charge of neglect of a dependent after police found bruises and burn scars on two children who were in her care last fall.

Joanna M. Tucker, 25, of the 2300 block of Point West Drive, was charged with one count of neglect of a dependent in connection with injuries police said occurred between Oct. 6 and 18, according to the probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday.

According to police, the Indiana Department of Child Services removed two children from Tucker’s care Oct. 8 and placed them in a foster home. It was unclear in court documents how the woman and two children were related.

The foster parent noticed multiple bruises and scars that seemed unusual, and Child Services had the children taken to St. Joseph Hospital for an examination, according to the report.

The children told the Child Services caseworker that Tucker caused the injuries, the affidavit said.

The report goes on to state that when the caseworker contacted Tucker and asked about the injuries, Tucker reportedly said that unless fingerprints could be lifted from the faces of the children, there was no way to prove she caused the injuries.

A doctor at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis who saw photos of the injuries said the bruises were consistent with abuse but that the burn scars were inconclusive, according to the report.

A Fort Wayne police investigator wrote in his affidavit that he tried to arrange an interview with Tucker and her boyfriend, but neither showed up for the appointment.

Tucker had not been arrested Tuesday night.