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Man pushes child’s face into feces because he defecated on the floor

By Mason White 4:14 AM January 6, 2016
Michael Prendergast 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of child abuse after allegedly pushing his girlfriend’s child into feces because he defecated on the floor, police in New Mexico said.

Las Cruces police said that they have arrested 31-year-old Michael Prendergast, after being accused of pushing the 4-year-old boy’s face into feces.

Prendergast was charged with two counts of child abuse.

The 4-year-old boy’s mother, Mindy Lunsford, was also arrested on a charge of child abuse in connection with the incident.

If convicted, Prendergast faces up to 6 years in prison.

According to the police investigation, Prendergast became angry after the boy defecated on the floor. Another child in the home told investigators that he saw Prendergast pushing the child’s face into feces.

The abuse came to light when a police officer was called to the Mountain View Hospital, on a report of child abuse. Doctors at the hospital were suspicious about the boy’s bruises.

Lunsford told doctors that her son fell from his bunk bed, but then changed her story, saying that her boyfriend was at the home and he was responsible.