Florida man allegedly threatened to feed child to alligators

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Dereck Dunn, 28.

PALM COAST, Fla. — A Florida man is facing child abuse charges after he allegedly threatened to feed an 8-year-old boy to alligators and punched him in the face on Tuesday.

Police say 28-year-old Dereck Dunn took the child to the pond behind their home and threatened to feed him to alligators, according to the News-Journal. The man then brought him home and punched the child in the face, beat him several times on the butt and smashed his face into the carpet.

Dunn said he accidentally hit the boy in the face and was joking when he threatened to feed him to alligators.

He is in jail on a $7,500 bond.