A 30-year-old Dewey man is free on $15,000 bond after his arrest for the alleged abuse of a 6-year-old boy at the Wesleyan Kiddie College.


Kennedy Brock Sloan faces a single charge of child abuse by injury as a result of the June 20 incident.


Bartlesville police said they were alerted that a 6-year-old had been “choked by his daycare worker,” which was reported by another worker.


According to case’s probable cause affidavit, police were alerted after another daycare worker informed the child’s parents by “taking photographs using her cellular phone and sending them to his parents.” One of the pictures reportedly “depicted (the victim) standing up with his head tilted back showing redness around the center of his neck and what appeared to be redness around the jawline.” Police said that is “consistent with being grabbed around the neck from the front.” The report futher indicated the suspect, Sloan was “short tempered with the children and aggressive” and that he had also been investigated by the Department of Human services licensing division for giving children “Indian burns on their arms.”


A forensic interview was conducted at Ray of Hope Advocacy Center when the boy told interviewers that Sloan “came into the bathroom where he was and yelled at him to come to him.” He said Sloan, “told him not to crawl under the stool stalls anymore” and “grabbed him tightly around the neck but that he was still able to breathe.” He said that this “hurt his neck and that he cried.”


When interviewed Sloan intially said he tried to grab the boy “by the shoulder and his thumb hit (the boy’s) Adam’s apple and he immediately let go and moved his hand to his shoulder,” a statement that authorities say they doubt because of the boy “not only having visible injury to the center of his throat but also having redness along the jaw line.”


Sloan told police that he had been told by an attorney that “he would not be making any statements.”


Sloan’s next court date will be July 27 for purposes of status.