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UPDATE: Effingham Co. Man Sentenced in Toddler Abuse

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The Effingham County Sheriff's Office says Robert Edwards has been sentenced to 60 years in prison, 40 to serve, following an open ended plea in connection to the beating of a 2-year-old. 

The Sheriff's Office says the toddler's mother, Sabrina Saunders was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 5 years probation for making false statements to police.  All other charges were dropped.

WSAV has learned the toddler has since made a full recovery.

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Sabrina Saunders and Robert Edwards faced a judge for a Thursday bond hearing.  Edwards was denied and Saunders was held on a $36,000 dollar bond.

The 2 year old victim is recovering and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's office.

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The Effingham County Sheriff's Office tells News Three that a mother is now charged along with her boyfriend after the brutal beating of her two-year-old daughter.

On Wednesday deputies arrested 21-year-old Sabrina Saunders of Rincon, for cruelty to children, false statements, and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Tuesday night shortly before 8 p.m. Effingham County Sheriff's deputies responded to Saunders' residence on Holly Lane found her two-year-old daughter with multiple injuries to her head, face, and other parts of her body. 

The toddler was taken to the hospital for treatment, and deputies arrested Saunders' boyfriend Robert Edwards. He's charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the 1st degree, cruelty to children in the 2nd degree, battery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and terroristic threats after threatening to go to deputies house to kill them. 

"Investigators have determined that at least one of the child's injuries occurred several days ago and that the toddler was not taken for medical treatment," Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said. " The circumstances surrounding those injuries remain under investigation," Ehsanipoor said. " Saunders provided investigators with false statements during the investigation into the child abuse," Ehsanipoor said.

Saunders and Edwards are currently being held in the Effingham County Jail as the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division continues to work the case.

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