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A 10-year-old boy turned his father into school officials after he was abusing him and during the investigation, deputies found the boy’s father was also trafficking drugs.

A 56-year-old man was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with physical abuse of a child, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of narcotics, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing/delivering THC, possession with intent to deliver or manufacture THC, and possession of narcotic drugs.

He is being held on a $30,000 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, the man’s son told his teachers at North Cape Elementary that he was being abused by him and smoked marijuana in the basement. The boy told staff that the man punches him in the head with a closed fist, back, stomach and head. That he calls him a loser.

When deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the man’s home, they found a “large amount of marijuana” and a bong in the basement. Seven marijuana plants were found in the basement drying.

Investigators found diaper boxes filled with gallon-sized bags of marijuana and numerous pill bottles. They also numerous pills packed in plastic bags and cigarette wrappers. Other plastic bags contained “a type of mushroom and unknown powder substance,” according to the criminal complaint.

The man also had a 22 caliber rifle.

The man is expected to have a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.




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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.