Artesia man arrested for reportedly abusing child






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An Artesia man has been arrested after he reportedly sexually abused a child under the age of 14. 


Ernest James People, 51, of 219 Ellis St., has been charged with sexual battery, according to a Lowndes County Sheriff's Office press release. 


The victim's mother reported People to investigators on April 5, according to the press release. She reported the child had been visiting a family member at a Robert Street address two days before when People assaulted the child. 


People was released from Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after posting $25,000 bond.




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