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East Ridge father charged with felony child abuse for spanking son

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -

An East Ridge father is facing felony charges for spanking his son.

Roger Stevens, 23, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony child abuse.

According to court records obtained by Channel 3, Stevens is accused of striking the child's legs with an unknown object which left bruising.

In an interview with East Ridge Police Stevens said that he spanked his child on three occasions over the weekend. He did not say why he spanked the child.

Stevens is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court on June 5 in connection to a lost list of charges unrelated to the case in East Ridge. Those charges include theft, burglary of an auto and resisting arrest.

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