Paducah man accused of child abuse now in custody

Paducah man accused of child abuse now in custody
Anson Dykes is accused of child abuse. He was taken into custody on Monday. (Source: McCracken County Jail)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - A Paducah man accused of child abuse is now in custody.

Deputies were looking for Anson Dykes. He was found on Monday, May 20 and taken to the McCracken County Jail.

Dykes was indicted by a grand jury on May 10 on one count of second-degree criminal abuse involving a child under the age of 12 for an alleged incident that happened in December 2018.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, the initial investigation started on December 24, 2018 when Dykes was arrested for fourth-degree assault involving a family member, along with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

They say Dykes pleaded guilty to both charges.

On that same day, detectives say Dykes told them he was changing his infant son’s diaper when he heard his leg pop. After the child was taken to an area hospital, he was diagnosed with a spiral femur fracture.

According to detectives, doctors said Dykes’ explanation could not have caused the fracture and diagnosed the injury as child abuse.

While conducting a follow-up investigation at Dykes home on January 5, 2019, detectives said they noticed the smell of marijuana in the home. They executed a search warrant and said they found drugs.

Dykes was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Detectives said he pleaded guilty to those charges.

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