NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A Newport News mother and father have been charged with felony child abuse after a 6-year-old boy was struck.
Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department said detectives were alerted to a case of child abuse on Thursday by Child Protective Services. CPS were notified by officials at a Newport News school who were concerned when the boy hadn’t been at school since Tuesday.
Further investigation revealed the child was struck by his father, identified as Martin Houston, 38, of Newport News, McPherson said. The child had bruising to his face.
Martin Houston was arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse/neglect. The boy's mother, Crystal Houston, was arrested at about 7 p.m. Monday in an apartment after police received a citizen tip about her location. She was charged with one count felony child abuse/neglect.
The boy and his three siblings, who are both less than 10 years old, are with a family friend.
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