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A Mauston man faces a child abuse charge after allegedly causing harm to a two-year-old toddler.

Darren E. Brookins, 24, was charged on April 28 with physical abuse of a child-intentionally cause bodily harm for alleged incidents in mid-April. If convicted, Brookins could face a $10,000 fine or six years in jail, or both.

According to a criminal complaint:

On April 14, a Mauston Police officer was called to a local business to speak with a female concerning a possible child abuse claim.

The woman claimed Brookins had abused her child the day before. She told police she woke up the following morning to change the toddler’s diaper and found red marks, welts and bruises on the child. When she questioned Brookins, he said he did strike the child with his hands, not an object, which he thought was acceptable.

The female provided photographs of the red marks to police, along with screen shots of the conversation with Brookins. The officer observed marks, bruises and welts on the alleged victim’s leg and scratches on the neck. A Child Protective Services worker was called and they met with the woman and the alleged victim for an interview.

Brookins could not be located to speak about the incident and the woman claimed he was back home, packing his bags and attempting to leave the house. He is not currently in the Juneau County Jail. Brookins is scheduled to make an initial appearance at the Juneau County Justice Center June 7 at 9 a.m.

Contact Kevin Damask at 608-963-7323 or on Twitter @kdamask