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Tampa man accused of striking boy, 8, tying him to table

TAMPA — A 34-year-old man was arrested Friday, accused of tethering an 8-year-old boy to a table with zip ties and striking him, police said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families got a complaint about possible child abuse at 6083 Coral Bay Road.

Officers and DCF investigators arrived about 6:30 a.m. Friday and found an 8-year-old boy with injuries consistent with being struck with an extension cord and belt, Tampa police said.

The boy was also immobilized with plastic zip ties, police said. The boy and his three siblings were staying with John Paul Miller, a relative who was care for them.

He turned himself in at the Orient Road Jail Friday morning.

Authorities removed the children from the home and placed them in DCF custody.

Miller faces charges of aggravated child abuse and child abuse.

He was booked into the jail, where he remained Friday without bail.

Tampa man accused of striking boy, 8, tying him to table 06/28/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 28, 2013 7:56pm]

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