COLUMBUS — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 28-year-old Columbus man accused of physically abusing his girlfriend’s son when the boy started opening his Christmas presents.
Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa issued an arrest warrant for Nathan Brokaw on a charge of felony child abuse a week ago after the 4-year-old boy’s head and neck injuries were reported.
The Columbus man had not been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon.
The child abuse charge is a Class IIIA felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
Court documents in the case describe the boy’s head and neck first being noticed at a daycare provider’s on the morning of Dec. 26.
Columbus Police Investigator Jeremy Zywiec contacted the boy at the daycare and observed swelling and bruising on the left side of his face, along with visible injuries on his neck and left ear.
“The daycare provider advised me (the victim) did not eat much and was complaining it hurt to chew his food,’’ Zywiec said in his sworn statement supporting the arrest warrant.
Zywiec later told authorities Brokaw kicked him in the neck when he started opening Christmas presents.
The child told the investigator his mother was in another room in the house when Brokaw kicked him.