BROKEN ARROW, Okla.-- An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper is on administrative leave after being charged with felony child abuse.
Trooper John Michael Moore is on administrative leave in connection with an off-duty incident. According to court documents, Moore spanked his girlfriend's son so hard, he broke the Frisbee.
A doctor said he examined the boy and found bruises across his back, side and leg.
The Broken Arrow Police Department filed the complaint against Moore. OHP has opened an internal investigation.
According to the affidavit, Moore was spending the night at his girlfriend's house when the alleged abuse occurred. The girlfriend's 4-year-old son was having trouble sleeping-- saying he can't sleep alone because he's scared. Sometime between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Moore told his girlfriend he would "take care of it."
According to court documents, Moore hit the child with a Frisbee several times, leaving bruises and breaking the Frisbee. Investigators say he also told the boy if he didn't want to sleep in his bed that he could sleep outside.
The victim's mother testified she saw Moore and her son come back inside form the backyard. The boy's mother told police she knew Moore had spanked him but did not know the extent of the injuries.
According to the affidavit, the boy had several bruises on his buttocks and also had a bruise on his face and leg. He told the doctor investigating the abuse that he was hit with a "ninja turtle" and a "school bus."
Police confiscated a Frisbee as evidence in the case.
2 Works For You contacted Moore at this home in Broken Arrow, he declined to comment.
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