Man accused of leaving bruises on his daughter faces preliminary
Sequoyah County Times, February 1, 2010

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, for a man accused of leaving bruises on his daughter after spanking her with a belt.

Steven Cabral Dutton, 35, of Roland was charged Jan. 22 with child abuse and was arrested on Jan. 25 after a felony warrant was issued. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 7.

Dutton allegedly left several bruises on his 14-year-old daughter after spanking her because he was angry over a check.

According to the police report, the juvenile’s stepmother and the juvenile came into the lobby of the Roland Police Department upset and crying.

The two told Assistant Chief Billy Cannon that Dutton became very angry when his daughter would not give him a check that came in the mail because her stepmother asked her not to.

Cannon asked dispatcher Melissa McKinster to take photographs of the girl’s bruises. McKinster told Cannon the juvenile had what appeared to be bruises on her back, shoulders, neck and left side of her rib cage.

Dutton was released from Sequoyah County Jail Jan. 26 on a $10,000 bond.

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