Georgia police have confirmed on Tuesday that they have re-opened a child abuse case involving Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard for investigation.
Allegations were first made against the center Howard when TMZ reported that Cobb County Police had decided to re-open the case after some rather damning evidence had emerged.
A doctor had said it appeared the NBA star’s son was struck multiple times with the buckle end of a belt, however officially that investigation was closed with “no substantiated findings of physical injuries."
The case involves an incident that occurred during the summer, on October 1st the Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families in Florida mailed a report to Cobb County Police of alleged child abuse.
New information on the case has emerged in the last 48 hours that caused the Cobb County Police to re-open the case, Sgt. Pierce said. To protect the alleged victim in this case the police could not provide any details.
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Statement from incident
Howard told police after the incident in Florida involving his son and the use of a belt that he didn't know it was wrong because that’s how he was raised, much in the same way Adrian Peterson recently defended his actions in his own child abuse case.
Howard’s attorney called the Florida case “frivolous allegations” and said it was a mother trying to use the child as a pawn against Howard.
The statement read via the Orlando Sentinel:
"It is troubling to see a mother use her son as a pawn against his father, which is what is happening in this case, Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect their welfare and best interests."