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Tampa man accused of hitting two kids with electrical cord

TAMPA — A 40-year-old man is accused of repeatedly striking two children with an electrical cord and sometimes tying their hands to a bed, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Larry Lincoln was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated child abuse. Lincoln struck two boys, ages 6 and 11, repeatedly with an electrical cord from Nov. 1 through Feb. 12, deputies said. Nina Gaston, 30, is accused of not reporting child abuse.

The 6-year-old has scars on his back, legs, arms and torso consistent with injuries from a cord. The 11-year-old has scars on his legs, arms and buttocks.

Sometimes during the abuse, Lincoln tied the hands of the children to the railing of a bunk bed, deputies said.

Someone who knew the children reported the abuse on Feb. 12. Deputies started an investigation and authorities took custody of the children.

Lincoln and Gaston turned themselves in on Friday. Lincoln was held in jail without bail. Gaston's bail was set at $2,000.

Tampa man accused of hitting two kids with electrical cord 03/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 11, 2011 2:55pm]
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