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Roscoe Abner

A Berea man was arrested and charged with criminal abuse Wednesday in connection with an infant who came to St. Joseph Berea’s ER last month with a broken leg.

Roscoe L. Abner, 31, was charged by the Kentucky State Police with first-degree criminal abuse (child under 12), according to a news release from Post 7 spokesperson Trooper Paul Blanton.

First-degree criminal abuse is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison.

A two-month-old boy was taken June 28 to St. Joseph Berea, and an exam found he was suffering from a broken leg, Blanton said. The infant was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for further treatment.

The KSP was notified, and a two-week investigation resulted in Detective Chris Short obtaining an arrest warrant for Abner.

Blanton was not able to give any information about Abner’s relationship to the child because that might identify the child, which is against KSP policy, he said.

Blanton also did not know the condition of the child.

On Friday, Abner was still lodged in the Madison County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond, according to the jail’s website.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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