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Ohio man accused of abusing 2-year-old

Aug. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- A Portsmouth man was arrested Friday on charges of felonious assault and child endangering after authorities received a report of a 2-year-old child being treated at a Kentucky hospital for injuries that appeared to be child abuse, according to the office of Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini.

Kelly Black, 22, of Camp Street, Portsmouth, is being held on a $70,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Monday in Portsmouth Municipal Court, according to a news release.

The sheriff's office was contacted by Scioto County Children's Services earlier this week about a report they received from the Fleming County Sheriff's Department in Kentucky about possible child abuse.

During an investigation detectives were able to get copies of medical records, interview witnesses and obtain photographs of injuries sustained by the child, according to the release.

The victim sustained injuries to her back, thighs, legs, buttocks and face, Donini said. The injuries are believed to be caused by the metal handle of a fly swatter.

A suspect was contacted through his mother in Kentucky and he agreed to report to the sheriff's office Friday for questioning which resulted in his arrest, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Det. Jodi Conkel at (740) 351-1091.

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