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Moorcroft man charged with child abuse

A Moorcroft man has been bound over to District Court on charges of child abuse. Dustin Regan allegedly used his hand and a fly swatter to hit two children during a domestic incident.

On July 2, at around 12:36 a.m., a Crook County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a Pine Haven residence for a reported domestic. The reporting party stated that Regan had entered their residence and attacked the children.

When the deputy arrived on scene, the reporting party and children had relocated to a neighbor’s house. He was told that the reporting party had been out of the house all day, and had returned to find Regan there, “intoxicated and cooking bacon”.

The reporting party put the children to bed and began her chores, but soon after allegedly heard screaming and found Regan had removed them from the bed, spanked them and used a fly swatter to whip them. Visible marks were allegedly found on both victims.

Regan has been charged with four felony counts of child abuse, each carrying a maximum penalty of ten years of incarceration, a $10,000 fine or both.