Child Abuse Suspect Waives Prelim

6/10/11 – A Beaver Dam woman charged with felony child abuse waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday. 40-year-old Michelle Clark is accused of punching and kicking a young child. A teacher notified authorities last December after the kid came to school with a bloody lip and with a scratched and red face. The child told investigators that Clark hits her a lot after she drinks, has punched her in the head, stomach and privates and says she once blacked-out after being struck in the head with a dumbbell. Clark denied the allegations and said the child had been acting up lately. She could spend up to six years in prison if convicted. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for next month.