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Hopkinton man arrested for child abuse

May 20, 2011

HOPKINTON – A 30-year-old male resident was arrested for first-degree child abuse Monday after he allegedly struck the victim with a belt, causing contusions and bruising on her body.

According to Rhode Island State Police, detectives from the major crimes unit and troopers from the Hope Valley Barracks executed a court-authorized warrant on Monday at 4 p.m. to search 23 Woodlawn Circle in Hopkinton. It was there that they located and arrested Mark Thorton for the child abuse charge.

Police said that the alleged abuse took place both at Thornton's home on May 14, when it is alleged that he struck the victim with a belt that caused contusions and bruising on her arms, legs, and back. He also allegedly placed a sock in the victim's mouth to prevent her from screaming for help, according to police.

When they executed the search warrant at Thornton's home, police said they found evidence of a disturbance.

Officers learned of the alleged abuse when the victim's mother called the New London, Conn. Police on Sunday after the victim came home with bruises on her body. Police said the victim was treated at a New London hospital and later released.

Thornton was arraigned on the charge of first-degree child abuse on Tuesday afternoon in Fourth District Court. His bail was set at $20,000 with surety and he was then sent to the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranson.

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