The Crawford County public defender’s office has been appointed to represent a Chester couple accused of child abuse.

Robert and Andrea Cude, both 38, were arrested Tuesday by Investigator Todd Cowett of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department after the alleged abuse was discovered by a school counselor, who was called in to help a young girl use the restroom while she was at school.

Both appeared before Circuit Court Judge Gary R. Cottrell on Wednesday.

Cottrell ruled there was enough evidence to hold Robert Cude on suspicion of two counts of second-degree battery and his wife, Andrea Cude, on two counts of permitting child abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Cottrell set Robert Cude’s bond at $10,000 and Andrea Cude’s at $7,500.

At Wednesday’s probable cause hearing, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brock Price said a Mountainburg school counselor found that the 8-year-old child was severely scabbed and bruised. The girl’s brother, 10, also attended the same school, and school personnel found that the boy was similarly abused, Price said

Deputies believe the two were beaten with a wooden paddle.

Price said the girl said she gets 17 “licks” when she gets in trouble and the boy said he gets 20 “licks” from his father.

School officials reported the abuse to deputies, who arrested the Cudes.

Price said there were six other children, including an 18-year-old, living in the home. The younger children were removed by the Department of Human Services.

Pleas heard Wednesday by Cottrell were:

• Joey Berg, 45, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to two counts of residential burglary, aggravated assault, third-degree battery and habitual offender. He allegedly broke into an Alma apartment to hit and kick the occupant. He is accused of breaking into a trailer in the 9800 block of Silver Maple Drive on Dec. 26 and pulling a knife on a woman. Berg also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Nov. 12, 2013, for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of marijuana, fleeing on foot and delivery of methamphetamine, based on the new charges and his failure to pay restitution.

• Timothy Ray Bufkin, 37, of Cedarville pleaded not guilty to nonsupport and habitual offender. Bufkin allegedly owes more than $11,000 in child support.

• Justin Lee Burcham, 33, of Kibler pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual offender. He was arrested Jan. 13 by a sheriff’s deputy who was checking a truck parked by a creek on U.S. 64. Burcham also pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Jan. 11 petition to revoke hearing.

• Jeremy Eugene Blanchard, 43, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Blanchard was arrested Jan. 12 after Van Buren Police Department Detective Donald Eversole found child pornography was being downloaded onto a computer at a residence in the 10800 block of Crestwood Way.

• Tyler Shane Thomas, 19, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to breaking or entering and theft of property. Thomas allegedly broke into a shed on Cedar Street in Mountainburg on Jan. 13.

• Jesse Henry Hackney, 78, of Oklahoma City pleaded not guilty to three counts of theft by receiving. Hackney is accused of storing property stolen in Oklahoma and Texas, including trailers, four-wheeler, welder and skid-steer at a mini storage on Arkansas 59 in Van Buren.

• Ryan Lloyd Cole, 32, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault, first-degree criminal mischief and habitual offender. Cole was arrested Jan. 14 by a Van Buren police officer for firing an arrow at another man on Franklin Street.

• Ted Colton Hedrick, 18, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to first-degree forgery. Hedrick is accused of attempting to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at McDonalds in Van Buren.

• Chadrick Lee Holsted, 30, of Rudy pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a Nov. 14 hearing on charges of breaking or entering and theft by receiving.

• Mark Allen Holstead, 26, of Rudy pleaded not guilty to two counts of failure to appear, alleging he failed to show for an Oct. 11 hearing on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and a Nov. 14 hearing on charges of theft by receiving and breaking or entering. Holstead also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Dec. 14, 2015, for felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a defaced weapon.

• Mark Allen Leach, 35, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to failure to appear at a March 13, 2013, petition to revoke hearing.

• Nacona Lynn Lewis, 33, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual offender. She was arrested Jan. 13 by a sheriff’s deputy who was checking a truck parked by a creek on U.S. 64. Lewis also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received July 17, 2009, for theft of property and breaking or entering, based on the new arrest and her failure to do community service.

• Glenn Milton Harrison, 29, of Fort Smith pleaded not guilty to first-degree terroristic threatening. Harrison allegedly threatened to kill another man Dec. 27.

• Katy Lynn Hancock, 27, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual offender. Hancock was arrested Jan. 14 by a sheriff’s deputy who was investigating the report of a verbal disturbance on Mountain Grove Road in Alma.

• Douglas Walton, 20, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to theft of property. Walton was arrested Jan. 9 by a sheriff’s deputy who stopped a vehicle on Rudy Road which had been reported stolen.

• Chad Wayne Nason, 40, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to sexual indecency with a child and habitual offender. Nason is accused of masturbating in front of a minor female on Jan. 8.

• Mark Daniel Justice, 48, of Mountainburg pleaded not guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and habitual offender. Justice was arrested Jan. 9 by a sheriff’s deputy who was investigating the report of a physical disturbance on God’s Ranch Road.

• Chris Lee Thaxton, 58, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to second-degree domestic battery. Thaxton is accused of hitting another man with a log at a residence on Rocky Top Lane on Jan. 9, then dragging him by the hair.

• Christopher Wayne Pledger, 35, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and habitual offender. Pledger was arrested Jan. 11 following a traffic stop by a sheriff’s deputy.

• Laurin Nicole Adamson, 30, and Ronald Adam Adamson, 34, both of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor. Ronald Adamson is charged as a habitual offender. The couple was arrested Jan. 10 following a parole search at a residence in the 2200 block of Meadowlark Lane.

• Alex Zechariah Everetts, 20, of Alma pleaded not guilty to failing to register as a sex offender. He was allegedly living on Harris Drive without notifying authorities. Everetts also resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 12, 2016, for first-degree sexual assault, alleging he has failed to pay fines and court costs.

• Cody James Harris, 29, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received July 22, 2016, for breaking or entering, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Kaylea Michelle Graham, 25, of Fort Smith resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received June 8, 2016, alleging she violated terms of the drug court program.

• Joseph Russell Makinson, 41, of Fayetteville resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received June 10, 2016, for nonsupport, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.

• Thomas Eugene Blount Jr., 43, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Sept. 19, 2013, for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine, alleging he was arrested Dec. 20 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and habitual offender.

• Tonya Sue McCully, 47, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence she received Oct. 24, 2014, for possession of drug paraphernalia, alleging she was arrested Dec. 20 for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and habitual offender.

• Shay Cullen Hooten, 25, of Mulberry resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Oct. 7, 2011, for breaking or entering, theft of property and residential burglary, alleging he was arrested Dec. 18, for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

• Phillip Ray Jones, 38, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Nov. 4, 2011, for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, criminal use of a prohibited weapon, aggravated assault and fleeing on foot, based on new offenses.

• Saty Ningthea Singchantha, 33, of Van Buren resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Dec. 2, 2013, for breaking or entering, theft of property, fraudulent use of a debit or credit card, driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, alleging he failed to do community service.

• Cody Allen Lacour, 31, of Elkins resisted a petition to revoke a sentence he received Nov. 6, 2009, for theft by deception, alleging he has failed to pay restitution, fines and court costs.