Cornwall man facing child abuse, animal cruelty charges

(Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man is facing 25 criminal charges after investigators documented an alleged 10 year history of abuse of children and animals.

City police charged the man, 37, on Monday after an investigation by the Cornwall Police Sexual Assault Child Abuse Team.

Police say a number of cases of abuse are said to have occurred between 2004 and June, 2014.

Those allegations include the slapping, punching, kicking and pushing of the children of the accused – ages newborn to 16 – choking one of the kids and threatening to burn down the house while one of the children was at home.

The six children are also said to have been hit with various household items and threatened to be hurt if they told anyone about what had happened.

The suspect is also accused of killing the family cat and an attempted hanging of a dog with its leash.

The accused, whose name is not being released to protect the victims’ identity, is being held for a bail hearing.

He is facing charges of threats to life, threats to property, five counts of assault, 10 counts of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, four counts of intimidation, killing an animal and cruelty to an animal.

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