A Waco woman was arrested Friday, accused of hitting a girl where she had already suffered injuries caused by another adult, an arrest affidavit states.

Police determined while investigating a previous report of abuse from the child that Racquel Burns Hightower, 42, had caused additional bruising on top of old injuries on the girl last month, according to the affidavit. The girl is under the age of 14.

"(Police) observed a forensic interview of the victim where the victim made an outcry that the defendant struck her after having knowledge of the victim being struck prior by another person where injury occurred," the affidavit states. "The defendant struck the victim in the same area of the body where the injuries were present, causing the victim further pain and injury."

The affidavit states the injuries were inflicted at least twice between Nov. 1 and Nov. 12. The child reportedly suffered "painful and multicolored bruising on the high thigh and buttocks."

There was no indication that a weapon was used in the incidents. It is unclear if another suspect is wanted.

Hightower was arrested on two state jail felony charges of injury to a child and taken to McLennan County Jail. She posted a $10,000 bond and was released from custody Friday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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