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Father Charged With Abuse, Turns Himself In

A father who denies he did anything to hurt his 3-month-old daughter, turned himself into the Henderson County Magistrate Tuesday night around 6pm.

21-year-old Tony Stepp is now charged with misdemeanor child abuse. In December, the little girl was taken away from Tony Stepp and his wife after suspicious injuries were discovered along the 3 month-old's arms and legs. There was also hemorrhaging behind her eyes.

A doctor at Mission Hospital declared the injuries as non-accidental. Stepp has denied he caused the child's injuries. News 13 had been interviewing Stepp before he learned he was wanted for the charges. Reporter Mike Mason asked Stepp why he thought he may be charged. Tony Stepp said, "They think when I changed her diaper, I just picked up one leg. I picked up both legs and then I changed her... I would never harm my daughter."

In December, Stepp and his wife together spoke and denied charges. District Attorney Greg Newman said he will be reviewing the evidence and charges Wednesday. "I am aware that social services has been involved with this family," said Newman. News 13 has been following developments in the investigation and is working on an in-depth piece that will air in the coming weeks.

by Kimberly King


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