Sutton Man Charged With Child Abuse

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Kenji Thao, 32 was arrested on multiple charges

SUTTON, Alaska  –  A 32-year-old Sutton man was jailed on numerous charges after he allegedly suffocated, strangled and beat a preteen family member.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Kenji Thao is charged with two counts of third-degree assault domestic violence and one count of fourth-degree assault domestic violence.

A trooper dispatch about the arrest claims troopers received a report from the Office of Children’s Services that Thao had “assaulted a family member who was underage by suffocating them, covering their nose and mouth with his hand, strangling them with a belt and hitting them causing injury.”

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the alleged victim required medical attention but wasn’t transported to the hospital.

Thao was taken to Mat-Su Pretrial and held without bail.