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UD Officer Accused of Hitting Son With Belt Charged With Abuse

Posted: Feb 05, 2018 7:58 AM Updated:
Bernard Innocent (Photo: New Castle County Police) Bernard Innocent (Photo: New Castle County Police)

NEWARK, Del. (AP)- A University of Delaware police officer accused of hitting his autistic son with a belt is charged with child abuse.

Court documents say an investigation into 29-year-old Bernard Innocent began last November when New Castle County Police were told about potential abuse. The documents say the child told school staff he was spanked with a belt because he smeared feces on the walls at home. They say the child walked with a limp after the spanking.

The child was examined by hospital staff while police interviewed the mother, who confirmed the incident. She said Innocent has used a belt to hit their children before.

Innocent was released on bail Thursday and issued a no-contact order.

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