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Parents arrested after infant girl suffers 11 broken ribs, bite to face

Benjamin David Houk, 22. (Source: Morganton Police Department) Benjamin David Houk, 22. (Source: Morganton Police Department)
Krystal Kaye Houk, 27. (Source: Morganton Police Department) Krystal Kaye Houk, 27. (Source: Morganton Police Department)
MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) -

A Morganton couple is facing child abuse charges after investigators say they assaulted their infant daughter leaving her seriously injured.

According to arrest warrants, 22-year-old Benjamin David Houk and 27-year-old Krystal Kaye Houk were arrested and charged with felony child abuse.

The warrants outline the graphic injuries their daughter, a 7-week-old baby, reportedly suffered in their home.

According to the warrants, Benjamin Houk is accused of breaking the little girl's right arm and "biting the infant's left cheek causing significant bruising."

Krystal Houk was charged after investigators say she assaulted the little girl, resulting in eleven broken ribs, when she was just four weeks old. The injuries were discovered after  investigators began to look into Benjamin Houk.

The couple are reportedly the little girl's parents.

The Houks are being held in the Morganton jail under a $100,000 bond each.

On Friday afternoon the Houks appeared in court by video on their first appearance.  Krystal Houk appeared first, asking the judge to have her $100,000 bond reduced.  The request was denied.

Benjamin Houk seemed surprised that his bond was $100,000, telling the judge that he thought it was $30,000.  At one point Houk laughed, telling the judge that he thought appearing in court by video was "pretty cool."

Both were given a second court appearance of December 9.

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