Newport News man charged with child abuse

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Newport News, Va. – Leondus Fred Woods, a 31-year-old Newport News man, was charged with child abuse after officials say a nine-year-old girl reported to a faculty member that her father had “whipped” her with a belt the night before.

Officials say the child had marks that appeared to be consistent with having been hit with a belt. They say there were also marks on her face.

Police investigated the complaint on January 16th and they issued a warrant for Woods. He was then charged with felony child abuse.

He was arrested on Jan. 22nd in the 500 block of Oyster Point Road.

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