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Officer accused of hitting son with a belt charged with abuse

NEWARK (Del. – The University of Delaware police officer accused of beating his autistic son with a belt is charged with child abuse.

The News Journal of Wilmington cites court documents, which say that an investigation into the 29-year-old Bernard Innocent began in November last year. The documents say the child told the staff at the school, he was beaten with a belt because he smeared feces on the walls at home. They say that the child walked with a limp after the spanking.

The child was examined by hospital staff, while New Castle County Police interviewed the mother, who confirmed that and said that it is not the first time Innocent has a belt to hit their children.

The newspaper could not reach Innocent for comment. He was released on bail Thursday and issued in a non-contact order.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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