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Police arrest man accused of whipping child with belt

Jammarl Felton charged with child abuse

Jammarl Felton
Jammarl Felton

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was arrested Friday on a charge of child abuse, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families were called to an apartment after learning of a girl with bruises on her leg, investigators said.

Authorities determined that Jammarl Felton, 30, whipped the girl -- and based on interviews, they determined the markings were caused "maliciously,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Police said they determined Felton whipped the child with a belt on her legs and thighs, and the bruising lasted three days.

The victim told officers that this wasn’t the first time she had been struck.


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