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November 12, 2012

Krebs man accused of child abuse

McALESTER — A Krebs man is accused of child abuse for allegedly spanking and bruising two young children.

Dewayne Owen McCarty, 28, was charged Nov. 7 in Pittsburg County District Court with two counts of child abuse by injury.

According to court records, McCarty allegedly spanked two children, ages 4 and 5, for not eating and the spanking left bruises on the children’s butts.

According to a police affidavit, McCarty told police that he had been having a difficult time getting the two children to eat. “He said that when they wouldn’t eat he spanked them. (He) said that he spanked them with his hand too hard and left bruises,” the affidavit states.

Police observed and photographed the children’s injuries three days after the alleged spanking. “I looked at the photographs and observed what appeared to be large bruises covering most of the left buttock and a small portion of the right buttock on both children,” Krebs Police Officer Dustin Nash stated in a police affidavit.

McCarty was arrested and is in custody at the Pittsburg County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. He was unavailable for comment at presstime today.

If convicted, he is facing up to life imprisonment.  He is due back in court Friday at 9 a.m. to face charges.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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