The 4-year-old girl had deep purple bruises, a black eye, a swollen cheek and a mark on her forehead.
She also had healing scars across her back, dried blood in the corner of her mouth and ligature marks on her wrist, authorities said.
When a police officer asked her what her name was, she had a startling response: “Idiot.”
Her mother’s live-in boyfriend, police said, regularly called the child “Idiot” instead of using her actual name. He also zip-tied the girl to her bed as a form of punishment, according to a police report.
Clarence Reed, 47, and the child’s mother, Jennifer Denen, 30, both of Hot Springs, Ark., are now charged with domestic battery, permitting abuse of a minor and endangering welfare of a minor.
Police received a call Friday to the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center, where a staff member told an officer that a malnourished 4-year-old had been abused in her home.
Reed and Denen, who were at the center when police arrived, were later arrested.