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C. Florida Father Arrested After Son Found Dead

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A central Florida man has been arrested on child abuse charges, which could be upgraded, after his five-year-old son was found dead in his apartment Wednesday evening.

Orlando-area authorities said Darrell Avant, Jr. had multiple bruises and contusions on his body when he was found unresponsive. Orange County deputies said his father, Darrell, Sr., had picked up the boy from school early after because he was acting up at school.

Deputies said when the two returned home, the father said he hit the child on the butt before making do pushups and squats for 20 minutes.

The arrest reports said the boy would later collapse after taking a shower. Darrell, Sr. called 911, but the boy was pronounced dead a short time later.

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