Citation: Lexington man admits to abuse of a child

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A judge called a Lexington man, who was arrested for reportedly abusing a child, a “danger to the community.”

This is after emergency crews were on Crosby Drive Thursday investigating what they say was an injured child case.

According to court documents, Carl Carpenter admitted to the violence.

Neighbor Andy Anderson says Carpenter and a little boy, four, showed up on his front steps Tuesday afternoon asking to use the phone to call the boy’s mother.

Anderson says the little boy had a big knot on his head but the boy claimed someone hit him on the bus.

About 90 minutes later, Anderson says Carpenter came running back this time needing to call 911.

He told Anderson the little boy had fallen down the stairs and was unconscious.

When police arrived, Carpenter was arrested on an unrelated theft warrant from Jessamine County but the arrest citation says he later admitted to investigators that he pulled the little boy down the stairs by the arm.

The Special Victims Section of Lexington Police is now investigating.

Carpenter went before a judge by video conference from Jail Thursday afternoon, that’s when the judge called him a danger to the community.

A not guilty plea was entered and he was given a public defender. He’s due back in court January 25th for a preliminary hearing.

According to court records, Carpenter has been in trouble before.

Those records show he’s been in family court twice for domestic violence.

In 2012, his wife at the time had an emergency protective order against him. Records show it expired that same year.

The documents also show Carpenter had a shoplifting charge last year and a handful of traffic violations.

A woman who identified herself as the little boy’s grandmother told ABC 36 he’s doing ok and should be released from the hospital Saturday.

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