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Racine police say a 23-year-old man is facing felony child abuse charges after he hit two kids on their arms, opening up a previous wound on one of them.

Montavius Everton, of Racine, had a $10,000 warrant out for his arrest when charges were originally filed against him last July. He was in custody Tuesday and was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with two felony counts of child abuse causing intentional bodily harm. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called June 1 to a home for a report of child abuse. When police arrived, two children – ages 8 and 6 – told them that Everton was at their house when he called them to come eat and hit them with a belt.

Officers say Everton struck the children on their arms, leaving bruises and opening up a previous wound on the 6-year-old. The kids told their mother about the incident, and she argued with Everton who said he would blow up the house – including the children – and that police would have to kill him before he’d go back to jail.

Everton remains in the Racine County Jail on a $500 cash bond and is ordered to stay away from the children, their mother and their home. He will next be in court Nov. 2 for his preliminary hearing.