Oklahoma City police arrest father of boy doctors said had been excessively paddled

Oklahoma City police arrested the father of a boy doctors said was excessively paddled. The 5-year-old boy told police he is spanked with a paddle when he gets in trouble.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: July 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm •  Published: July 10, 2012
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A man was arrested on a child abuse complaint after police were called to OU Medical Center by medical staff who said the man's son had been excessively paddled.

Randall Allen, 42, was arrested Monday after he and his wife brought their 5-year-old son to the hospital for wetting the bed, authorities said.

Doctors found excessive bruising and swelling on the child's buttocks and called the police.

Police arrived at the hospital about 6 p.m. Monday.

The child told police he was spanked with a paddle because he often gets in trouble.

Police felt the injuries were excessive for the child's age and arrested Allen.

Allen was being held Tuesday at the Oklahoma County jail with his bail set at $10,000.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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