Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 1, 2013

Man charged with child abuse

TRAVERSE CITY — An East Bay Township man is charged with child abuse for allegedly slapping a young boy.

Officials at Cherry Knoll Elementary School notified authorities after the boy, 6, was dropped off late to school April 17 with apparent injuries to his face.

A teacher observed the boy with a swollen lip and redness to one side of his face, and the boy told her he was slapped the night before, according to a police report.

David Wesley Orwin, 26, is charged with a count of misdemeanor fourth-degree child abuse. Orwin told authorities the child threw a temper tantrum when he verbally disciplined him for taking doughnuts without permission and the boy fell onto a floor face-first, according to a police report.

"He denies striking his child," said Orwin's attorney Paul Jarboe, who declined to speak further about the case.

The principal put the school on precautionary secure mode, which requires all visitors to buzz in, while Child Protective Services and deputies responded. TCAPS Superintendent Stephen Cousins was in the area and responded.

"There was no imminent threat," Cousins said of the school going into secure mode. "We were concerned about the parent coming back to the school and potentially trying to check the child out of school."

Orwin was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bond. Bond conditions require he not have contact with the victim. A preliminary examination is scheduled for May 14.

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