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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  • by Got yo # Punk Location: Straight in yo Face on Oct 26, 2009 at 11:14 PM
    Here we go again.Another story of a little one being abused by an unhealthy, immature turd who has never learned a single lesson in his miserable life.Why take it out on defensless kids?That is taught at home and proves to be a lack of conciuosness toward protecting those that should be kept safe.You can puff your cheast out now as you like to do so well(overcompensating) Justin.You got the spotlight on you and your 15 minutes of fame.True thugs learn quickly to be convincing at lying.They pick up the knack to change their body language and control eye movement and direction to fool even skilled analysts. Justin is not in this catagorie.Even us laymen can tell he's not persuading anyone.Maybe another stint in lock up will give way to a higher education for this wannabe.Keep trying your onlly fooling yourself. This is just 'the case' on our publc plate.So many kids get abused and it goes unknown.Fruita needs to rise up and apply the 'max' penalties.Through the system or outside of it.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    Justine is a BIG piece of S**T and has been all of his life. He also has gone in and out of jail for contibuting to minors and messing around with underaged girls. Check out his prison record and all of the charges he has had against him in Kemmerer WY. You will be amazed. WHY this young girl would leave him in charge with any child is beyond me. She has had to have been told about his history by now. RIGHT!?! Wasn't she married to a guy that messed around with Justin's girl while Justin was in jail?
  • by The mother Location: Fruita on Oct 23, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    The chief of police said they are working on a felony warrant that is a LIE the SGT that came twice and said he had no evidence to take Justin in... I think its time you find a new job.... Where is the justice for MY SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Cheryl Location: GA. on Oct 23, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Hope you get to read this Justin...EVERYTHING I said about you is TRUE! I seen right through your Sick & Twisted little mind!!!Oh How proud would your mother really be Now?You have brought nothing but shame,sorrow,& pain!!!Can't even say Jenn would deserve something like you.YOU ARE ONE OF THE WORSE MISTAKES EVER!You got a lot of BAD Karma coming your way & I Thank God you are out of their lives,and NEVER stand a chance with Brittany & her two beautiful children!!!
  • by wanda on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    In the article it shows Justins text "I didnt mean it!" then he doesnt know how the bruises got their! hhhmmm!! and now is arrested on other charges. What an outstanding citizen! NOT!!
  • by Maureen on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Justin is a piece of *#$&*. I want to know what the police were looking at when they said there were no visible signs of abuse, what are the bruises on his face and neck? To me they look like SIGNS of abuse! the police department need some investigating done on the officer who didnt SEE signs, or maybe the officer needs an eye exam. what happend to serve and protect, in this case the Fruital PD did neither.
  • by Lisa on Oct 22, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Justin couldn't even keep his story strait with the news crew, so you know he is guilty of child abuse. As far as I am concerned, the police department is just as guilty because a form of child abuse is neglect and they sat on this for 5 days before anything was done about it.
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