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A Duncan man is in jail after being accused of breaking four ribs in a two-month-old child.

According to court records, Brendan Shane Peavler, 20, is accused of child abuse.

Court records show Duncan Police were notified of suspected child abuse on Aug. 31 and responded to a local hospital where the child was being seen. Reports show the child “had four broke(n) ribs and that the broken ribs were consistent with child abuse.” At that time, law enforcement contacted Department of Human Services (DHS) to work the case jointly.

Reports show the child was taken to the hospital with a cough and discharged, though a doctor called them back after they found the broken ribs, which “were healing but it appeared to be child abuse.”

According to court records, Peavler first advised he had dropped the child and then, according to reports, later changed his story to hugging the child too tight.

Police later spoke with Peavler who told them he may “have hugged (the child) too tight but that was all” and that he did drop the child once on carpet, reports indicate.

On Oct. 1, Peavler spoke with police again and allegedly told law enforcement the child would not stop crying so he “squeezed” the child “tight” and the crying didn’t stop, so “he had squeezed (the child) approximately five times and the last time was approximately one week prior to going to the hospital,” records show. Peavler also told police he didn’t tell anyone and didn’t seek medical attention for the child.

Bond for Peavler is set at $200,000 and he will appear for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Dec. 11.

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