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Aaron Proctor has been sentenced to 4 years in prison

A twenty six year-old man from Merriam Woods has been sentenced to four years in prison for abusing his infant son.

Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merrell says Aaron L. Proctor called authorities in July of 2011 to say he could no longer care for his son and wanted to relinquish custody to the state. When workers with the Missouri Children's Division took the little boy to the hospital for a check up it was discovered that he had a broken leg. That injury was approximately two weeks old, according to doctors.

When investigators first interviewed Proctor he told them the boy suffered the injury when a dog stepped on his leg. However, he later told authorities he was responsible for his son's injury but "he didn't think it was that bad."

Proctor was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child after authorities found several animals in the filthy house the baby had been living in. He was sentenced to four years in prison on that charge that will be served concurrent (at the same time) to the child abuse sentence.