A couple faces child abuse charges in Springfield.
Springfield police say Thomas Davenport and Marcella Hauff are accused of beating a 12-year-old boy who fought with Devenport's son who is about the same age.
Witnesses told police that Hauff grabbed the boy by the neck and pulled him away. Davenport then started choking the boy and punched him in the mouth while Hauff kicked him in the side.
The couple tried to drag the child into the van, but the 12-year-old managed to break free and run to a neighbor's house for help.
Hauff admits she tried dragging the boy into the van. Davenport denies attacking the boy.
The two are in jail. Meanwhile, the boy has a black eye and his hand was injured.