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US man threatens to feed boy to alligators, faces child abuse charge

AP
Published Aug 19, 2016, 7:50 pm IST
Updated Aug 19, 2016, 7:50 pm IST
The accused told deputies he was only joking when he threatened the boy and he denied hitting him.
Dunn took the child to a pond behind their home on Tuesday and made the threat. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Dunn took the child to a pond behind their home on Tuesday and made the threat. (Photo: Pixabay)

Palm Coast, Florida: Authorities say a 28-year-old Florida man faces a child abuse charge after they say he beat an 8-year-old boy and threatened to feed him to alligators.

According to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office report, the child told deputies that Dereck Dunn took him to a pond behind their home on Tuesday and made the threat. They returned to the house and the boy says Dunn pushed his face into the carpet until he couldn't breathe, and hit him several times with a belt.

 

Sources report that Dunn told deputies he was only joking when he threatened the boy and he denied hitting him.

Dunn posted a $7,500 bond on Thursday. Records didn't list an attorney for Dunn. The relationship between Dunn and the boy wasn't explained.

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