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Mount Vernon man accused of felony child abuse

MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly punching his 5-year-old child in the head.

According to court documents, Kip Gearey, 31, was arrested after officials at the Mount Vernon School reported they thought a child had been abused.

Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink accompanied Chief Deputy Steve Harr to the school to interview the student with the help of Child Protective Services. The child told officials his dad got mad at him the night before because his brother was pushed off the couch.

The victim said Gearey grabbed him, held him to the ground and punched him in the head.

“The victim was clearly shaken up by this,” Harr wrote in his report.

Court documents state the child had marks on the side of his head along with swollen areas.

“The victim told us, ‘I’m afraid of my daddy,’ ” Harr wrote in his report.

Brink and Harr tried to find Gearey at his home, but he was not there. They spoke with him on the phone and arranged to meet him at his house, where they arrested Geary for felony child abuse.

The charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.