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Norwalk Man Arrested in School Disturbance

UPDATE 12/24/10: Singletary arrested for child abuse.

A Flax Hill Road man was charged Monday with threatening a social worker who was investigating whether his two young children were being abused. He was arrested again Thursday on charges stemming from the alleged abuse.

Jerome Singletary, 57, caused a disturbance Monday afternoon in the presence of his two children at Brookside School, according to police reports. A Department of Children and Families investigator and the school's social worker had gone to his home earlier because there was evidence that the children, ages 6 and 8, had been abused. He did not come to the door, so they left a note and went back to the school to finish interviewing the children to get a 96-hour hold on them.

Later, Singletary came to the school, where he allegedly threatened to punch the social worker, then grabbed one of his children by his shirt collar as he took them both out of the office. Police were called. The DCF worker obtained an order to remove the children from the house, and detectives went with her to the home. Singletary was taken into custody and charged with breach of peace and threatening.

One of his children had said that Singletary had strangled her so hard that her "eyes had popped out of her head." Investigators pursued the case through the week, and on Thursday Singletary was charged with two counts each of assault, strangulation, injury/risk/impairing morals, cruelty to persons, and one count of refusing to be fingerprinted.

Bond for Monday's charges was set at $10,000. Bond for the abuse charges was $105,000.

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