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Couple accused of putting child in oven

NASHVILLE, March 25 (UPI) — A Nashville couple were jailed after being accused of routinely putting their 5-year-old child in an oven to punish him, officials said.

Lavelldo Washington, 34, and Corneisha Wilkerson, 23, face charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect after an investigation, prompted by the hospital treatment of the couple’s 2-month-old child for a broken leg last year, WSMV-TV, Nashville, reported Monday.

Authorities investigating the family discovered Washington would allegedly discipline the older child by placing the child in a non-activated oven.

Washington is a registered sex offender with at least 29 arrests, the television station said.

“Appropriate forms of discipline are those things most folks would know,” Nashville police Capt. Gordon Howey said. “What if the child had been in the over and somehow it turned on?”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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