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Police say man hit boy with brick

A Gulfport man was charged Sunday with child abuse after he struck a 15-year-old with a brick and threatened to kill him with a knife, authorities said.

Robert O. Winfield, 28, of 5218 Jersey Ave. was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail on two counts of aggravated battery on a child.

At 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Winfield hit the teenager on the shoulder, causing a large cut and swelling, said Officer Matt Wilkins of the Gulfport Police Department. Winfield then threatened to kill the boy with a 3-inch knife, Wilkins said.

According to jail records, police suspected Winfield had been drinking.

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