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Feds won’t charge sheriff over slap

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Justice Department has cleared Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon of civil rights violations for slapping a suspect after an extended car chase.

Cannon acknowledged slapping Timothy McManus in January after a 25-mile chase that reached 120 mph and ended when Cannon and deputies shot out the pickup’s tires in Francis Marion National Forest.

McManus, 31, was handcuffed in the back of a cruiser when the sheriff smacked him. Cannon was charged with third-degree assault and battery and is enrolled in a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders.

McManus is back in custody after a circuit judge in August revoked the bond that he had been granted on charges tied to the chase.

Mother accused of breaking boy’s arm

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A mother of five is under arrest after her infant son’s arm was broken.

Deanna L. Brown of North Charleston is charged with ill treatment of a child and is being held at the Charleston County jail.

The case stems from a May 26 injury to Brown’s 14-month-old boy, which was discovered when she took him to a hospital for treatment. According to a police report, Brown said her son was having trouble holding his bottle after she brought him home from staying with a caretaker.

X-rays showed the boy had multiple fractures, which doctors determined was likely the result of an adult twisting his arm. A social worker notified police.

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