Man charged with child cruelty

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Richmond County authorities arrested an Augusta man early today on charges that he burned his girlfriend’s 1-year-old boy with an iron.

Michael Karonski Samuel, 27, of the 1000 block of Amli Way, is charged with first degree cruelty to children, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

Deputies were called to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital emergency room and spoke with the child’s mother, the report said. The mother told police that she left the baby alone with Mr. Samuel, her boyfriend, while she was at work. When she came home, the suspect told her that the child had been asleep and accidentally kicked the iron– burning his feet. However, the report said that the child had burns to the back of his legs as well and that the doctor did not believe the burns appeared accidental.

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