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March 29, 2013

Couple charged in burning, bruising of McAlester toddler

McALESTER — A McAlester couple faces felony child abuse and neglect charges after officials this week found burns and bruises on the body and head of their 2-year-old son.

Kyle Daniel Hoppe, 31, and Destiny Hope Kelley, 20, of McAlester, was charged March 27 in Pittsburg County District Court. Hoppe is charged with felony child abuse by injury and child neglect. Kelley is charged with felony enabling child abuse by injury and child neglect.

McAlester police responded Tuesday to call from McAlester Regional Health Center regarding a 2-year-old boy who was bruised, burned and beaten. He had injuries to his face, torso, legs and genitals, according to a police affidavit.

The young boy had burn marks of a “honeycomb” shape on his back and buttock, several bruises on his arms and legs and additional bruising on his body and face, according the police affidavit. Charges allege he also had injuries to his genitals, blood in his eyes, additional burns on his body and scalp, and two ribs that had been  previously broken, the affidavit states.

An emergency room nurse told police the case, “was one of the most severe she had seen,” the affidavit states. “Not in the fact that the injuries were life-threatening but the overall magnitude of the injuries.”

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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