Clark man charged with child abuse

Published 9:39 am Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Winchester man is facing felony abuse charges after allegedly breaking his step-son’s leg Tuesday evening.

Justin Robinson, 25, of 247 April Way, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of first-degree criminal abuse.

According to court documents, Winchester Police detectives were called to Clark Regional Medical Center about a 2-year-old boy who had a fractured leg, bruises around his eye and ear, and other bruises.

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The child’s mother said the child was fine when she left him that morning in Robinson’s care.

In an interview with police, Robinson said he had been frustrated because the child kept picking up the dog and “sassing” him. Robinson said he put the child on his shoulder, but he fell off. Robinson said he grabbed the boy by his leg as he fell and heard a “pop.”

He also told police he had disciplined the child by hitting him with his fist, including one time when the child hit Robinson’s knee with his face, which resulted in the bruise around his eye, according to the arrest citation.

The child was later transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Robinson was arraigned Wednesday in Clark District Court, where the judge entered an automatic not-guilty plea, because the charge is a felony. Clark District judge Brandy Oliver Brown set a $20,000 cash bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Oct. 17.

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