A Muskogee man stands accused of abusing his 12-year-old son by hitting and strangling him, according to court documents.

James Edward Vaughn, Jr., 32, was charged Tuesday with child abuse after he allegedly struck the juvenile repeatedly with his hands, slapped his face and closed his hands around the child's throat during an April 22 assault.

An affidavit filed with the case also notes that Vaughn did not appear at a subsequent interview with law enforcement regarding the incident.

Vaughn remains in custody at the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on $5,000 bond. His next court appearance is Aug. 15. 

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