Parents of abused toddler want justice

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) - Parents are looking for answers after coming home to see their two-year-old son covered in bruises and they want the man they think did it brought to justice.

According to the Fruita Police Department, Justin Duncan was arrested Saturday night on misdemeanor child abuse with injury charges, frustrating parents Chris and Brittany Kent.

That night, Brittany went out with friends while Duncan, her boyfriend at the time, watched her daughter and two–year–old son.

She says she came back to a nightmare, her two–year-old badly hurt.
"He wasn't awake when we got home," she says, "He was strangled until he passed out."

She brought her son to a doctor, who filled out paperwork saying the young boy was badly abused that night.

He had marks throughout his entire body.

Brittany says she knows how the injuries got there, "The marks on his forehead were shoeprints. He was beat with his favorite toy, a ukulele."

After Duncan was arrested Saturday night he was released on bond.

The boy's father, Chris, was away on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, and traveled immediately back to Fruita when he heard the news.

He says he was stunned when he asked the police department why Duncan was charged with a misdemeanor, "The sergeant says there was no probable cause," Chris says. "There were no marks indicating anything had happened."

The Fruita Police Department says they are still investigating the case and have handed over their evidence to the District Attorney's office.
The Kents say the D.A.'s office received nothing on the case until Wednesday while the Fruita Police told us they are working on a felony warrant.

At the moment, Duncan is free after paying a $1,000 bond and even texted Brittany from his phone saying, "I didn't mean too (sic), I'm such a [expletive]."

Using that number we met up with Duncan Wednesday afternoon, who gave his explanation of how the two-year-old got hurt.

He says the boy hurt his head out of falling out of a chair and then they were playing "kung-fu" perhaps a little too aggressively.

"I can maybe say I was a little too rough," says Duncan, "I thought he was ok. He's a tough little boy."

He then said most of the bruises came from slipping and sliding while wearing socks on a hardwood floor.

When asked again how it happened he said he wasn't sure how the injuries happened, "I don't know man. I don't know. I guess we'll find out."

The Kents say the young boy is showing lots of signs of aggression since the incident Saturday night, but physically they say he should be ok.

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