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Crime: Report: Pensacola man charged with whipping 5 children with belt, charging cord

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A Pensacola man was arrested Monday and charged with five counts of aggravated child abuse.

Eric Suggs, 28, was arrested after a medical and forensic exam revealed that he had physically abused a 13-month-old, 6-year-old, 8-year-old, 9-year-old, and 11-year-old, according to an arrest report.

According to a report, Suggs had whipped the five children with a white phone charging cord and brown belt on multiple occasions, leaving permanent scars on their bodies.

Police in a report reviewed the forensic interviews from the 6-year-old, 8-year-old, 9-year-old, and 11-year-old. Officers say all of the children's statements were consistent with one another, stating Suggs had abused them.

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Multiple children in the arrest report stated in their forensic interviews that Suggs would whip the 13-month-old child whenever he would cry or would not walk.

Children in the report mention witnessing their siblings being punched, burned, choked, and verbally threatened by Suggs.

"Don't you be telling people our business," one of the children in the report states Suggs told them, after he choked one of their siblings.

Another child in the report states Suggs would sometimes laugh after abusing the children.

After review of the medical and forensic exams, a warrant was put out for Suggs' arrest.

He was arrested Monday and booked into Escambia County Jail. He is held on no bond.

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