Oklahoma City man arrested on parental child abuse complaint

Clifford Ray Peace Jr., 36, was arrested after a woman told police she was tired of him beating his children, ages 3 and 4, police reported Monday.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Modified: September 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm •  Published: September 30, 2013

A 3-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister are in protective custody after their stepmother told police their father beat them with a belt.

Clifford Ray Peace Jr., 36, of Oklahoma City, was arrested on a complaint of parental child abuse.

Police were called about 8:25 p.m. Friday to 3017 SW 13, and an officer found Peace, a woman and two children standing on the front lawn, according to the incident report released Monday.

The woman told the officer she was tired of the man beating his kids. Peace said she was “blowing this out of proportion.”

The woman lifted the children's shirts to show their backs. The officer noted several scars and bruises on the children's bodies. The woman told the officer Peace beat them with a belt, according to the report.

The woman said she is their stepmother and has lived with Peace for the past nine months. She told the officer that Peace is an alcoholic and hits the kids when he drinks.

She said the 3-year-old wet his pants and Peace was very upset. He forced the boy to put his feet on a coffee table and do inverted pushups, hitting his back with a belt every time the boy lifted himself up, according to the report.

The children were placed in protective custody.

Peace was taken to the Oklahoma County jail, and his bail was set at $10,000, jail officials said Monday.

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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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