Dwight Howard Investigated Over Child Abuse Allegations

Dwight Howard

Authorities are investigating allegations that Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard abused his 7-year-old child.

According to USA Today, Cobb County police had been asked to investigate the allegations by the Florida agency Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families. Initially, police looked into the case and didn’t find anything and closed the case, but in the past day, more information has surfaced that have led police to take another look at the case, says the report.

The mother of Howard’s 6-year-old son Braylon, Royce Reed, went to Children’s Services in the Orlando, FL area in August, alleging that the NBA star had whipped their son with a belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his leg.

Authorities interviewed Howard soon after, who confessed to disciplining his son with a belt, but said he didn’t realize there was anything wrong with it because he was disciplined the same way as a kid.

Howard’s lawyer filed legal docs claiming he never caused marks, bruises, welts or injuries requiring medical treatment.

However, in documents obtained by TMZ from the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF), summarizing the findings of the doctor who examined Braylon, it said: “Dr. Kesler noted Braylon to have a linear bruise and patterned abrasions consistent with the history given by Braylon of being struck with a belt numerous times by his father.”

It goes on to say the injuries were “consistent with Braylon being struck with the buckle end of the belt … with excessive force, resulting in soft tissue injuries such as bruising and abrasions.” Furthermore, Dr. Kesler found the injuries lasted longer than 24 hours and were “consistent with a medical diagnosis of physical abuse.”

Despite the findings, Howard has not been charged.

Howard’s attorney called the case “frivolous allegations” and blamed Reed of trying to use the child as a pawn against Howard, who is trying to gain full custody, claiming she’s an unfit mother.

Stay tuned…

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