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Paducah man arrested on child abuse charges

Dustin Gorham was arrested for allegedly abusing a child. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Dustin Gorham was arrested for allegedly abusing a child. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The Paducah Police Department arrested a McCracken County man Monday, Feb. 8 on outstanding warrants charging him with two counts of criminal abuse.

Dustin Gorham, 28, of Paducah, was arrested about 1:15 p.m. after being accused of abusing a five-year-old boy.

Detective Nathan Young said representatives of the Department of Child-Based Services called police Thursday, Feb. 4 about a child who appeared to have been abused.

Officials at the child’s school had initially reported the injuries, which consisted of bruising to the child’s face and head.

Detectives interviewed the child, and then the child’s mother. It was later determined Gorham had hit the child in the head.

Young’s investigation led him to a similar, previous incident that occurred on May 1, 2015.

According to police, the child did not receive medical treatment either time.

Young obtained enough evidence to charge Gorham with two counts of second-degree criminal abuse.

He was arrested on Monday afternoon and booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail.

A record check showed Paducah police investigated a case in 2006 involving Gorham. In that case, he was convicted of abusing a seven-month-old child.

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