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Man charged after 14-year-old boy was choked, punched and bitten, Columbus police say

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

A Columbus man faces charges after a 14-year-old boy sustained broken blood vessels in his eyes after he was choked and bitten, police said Wednesday.

Willis Lamond Peoples, 34, was taken into custody at the Public Safety Center at 10:10 a.m. and charged with one count each of first-degree cruelty to children and battery. He was held in the Muscogee County Jail but later released on bond.

A police investigation started on Oct. 5 after an officer was called to Calvary Christian School to meet a person. The incident is alleged to have occurred on Sept. 30.

Police said Peoples is accused of choking, biting and punching the boy. The youth sustained a bite mark on the right side of his face and broken blood vessels on both of his eyes.

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