New Details Released on Arrest of KSU Running Back for Child Abuse

By: AP/13 News
By: AP/13 News

Riley County police say suspended Kansas State University running back Leon Patton has been charged with one count of child abuse involving a 4-month-old baby. KSU says Patton has been dismissed from the team.

Police said Friday the 20-year-old was arrested and jailed Thursday on $30,000 bond in connection with an incident in the Manhattan area on July 15.

The arrest warrant stated that Patton allegedly shook the now-4-month-old baby ``feloniously and intentionally.'' Investigators would not provide information about the now-4-month-old boy's current whereabouts or condition.

Riley County Attorney Barry Wilkerson says Patton made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon. He was ordered to reappear for a docket hearing at 1 pm, Sept. 30th. A preliminary hearing date will be set then. Until then, he is free on bond.

Patton has had previous legal trouble. He was suspended from the team when a July traffic stop led to the discovery of outstanding warrants from 2007, one of them for misdemeanor theft for stealing two video games from a Pottawatomie County Wal-Mart. He had also been cited for an unpaid parking ticket.

After pleading no contest in that case, Patton was sentenced to six months probation and fined $100.


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