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OKC Man Charged With Child Abuse After Hitting Son With Cooking Spoon

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An Oklahoma City man is charged with child abuse after a concerned neighbor called police to come investigate, Saturday.

According to a report, officers were called to investigate a 300 pound man beating a 3-year-old child at an apartment complex in southeast Oklahoma City after the resident called police.

The report states the neighbor heard screams coming from an apartment unit while they were passing by. The caller, who wanted to remain anonymous, also told police that a 4-month-old child was inside the apartment too.

A responding officer first made contact with the mother. The officer asked her if there were children in the home and if an adult male was also present. She said ‘Yes' to both and allowed the officer to come inside the apartment.

Once inside the officer spoke with the father, now identified as 30-year-old Robert McMaster. The officer asked if he had disciplined the child and why. McMaster told police he spanked the 3-year-old boy because he was "being disrespectful and had not made his bed or picked up his room."

Later the officer met with the son and asked the parents if he could check the child for injuries. They agreed. When looking at the child the officer noted several welts starting at the knees and going up to the buttocks. The welts were on the back and sides of the legs and there was bruising on the buttocks.

The officer reported that the welts were thin and overlapping, suggesting that a rod-like device was used. He also reported that the injuries obviously went beyond normal discipline and into the realm of abuse.

When the officer asked McMaster what he used to spank the child with, McMaster replied that he used his hand and a plastic cooking spoon. The officer asked if he had spanked the smaller child before and he said he had not.

Two other OKC police officers soon arrived on scene to photograph the boy's injuries. They both agreed with the initial officer's assessment; that the discipline had gone too far.

 A DHS worker was also called to the scene, where she informed McMaster and the mother that both children would be taken into protective custody and to the children's hospital where both would need to be medically cleared before being checked into the shelter.

The mother told police she was in the kitchen when the discipline took place and did not know what had happened. She was not arrested at the time. Her identity has not been released.

McMaster was placed under arrest and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail without incident. Details on his bond were not immediately available. Police are still investigating the crime. Additional charges could be filed.

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