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|11-18-2014, 05:00 PM||#1|
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Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard investigated for child abuse allegations
Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard is at the center of a newly-opened investigation alleging the NBA star abused his 7-year-old child.
According to NBC News, the incident happened on Oct. 1 in Cobb County, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. It's reported that at first police looked into the allegations in Florida, where the child's mother lives, but didn't find anything.
Then within the past two days, more information has come forward that has led Georgia authorities to take another look at the case.
No arrests have been made at this point and Howard's attorney says the claims are not substantiated.
His attorney, David Oscar Markus, issued a statement to Local 2 News which read:
"The Florida Department of Children and Families thoroughly examined all of the evidence and determined that the claims of child abuse were not substantiated. The case was closed in September. [The child's mother] is now shopping her baseless allegations to authorities in Georgia after the Florida DCF case was closed. Even though the allegations have already been found to have no merit, when a complaint about the welfare of a child is made to law enforcement, an investigation is commenced. We are confident the Georgia authorities will reach the same conclusion as the Florida authorities. The truth is on our side. It is appalling to see a mother use her son as a against his father in attempt to extract money, which is what is happening in this case. While [The child's mother] continues on her aimless quest with the media, Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect them."
Reporter Mark Boyle will have more coming up on Local 2 News at 5pm.