ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) – A 23-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested Wednesday after it was discovered he struck and bit his two children more than a week ago, authorities said.
Police were called at about 6:46 p.m. on Aug. 8 to check on the welfare of two 22-month-old children who reside on the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southeast. A witness told police that hey seen the children earlier in the day and they had injuries that were consistent with child abuse.
An investigation showed that Joshua John Peterson, the father of the children, had struck and bitten them both several times in the face.
Authorities arrested Peterson Wednesday on two counts of malicious punishment of a child and taken to the Benton County Jail. The children have been placed in protective custody.