Married Las Vegas police officers accused of child abuse

Married Las Vegas police officers accused of child abuse

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Two married Metro Police officers were arrested Tuesday for allegedly hitting and injuring a child in their care earlier this month.

The victim’s mother, Officer Destini Denee Woodruff, 26, and Officer John Wesley Woodruff, 29, stepfather to the child, are accused of leaving the child with bruises after multiple beatings on May 9, which police allege were done “in order to inflict pain.”

The Woodruffs are each facing three counts of child abuse and one count each of conspiracy to commit child abuse and domestic battery by strangulation, Las Vegas Justice Court records show. The case was filed Monday. 

Destini Woodruff has since bailed out of the Clark County Detention Center, where her husband remained Tuesday evening, jail logs show. Police said the man was fired Tuesday “as a result of a separate internal investigation,” and his wife has been suspended from Metro without pay, police said.

The officers were both hired in 2016 and were assigned to the Southeast Area Command substation, police said.

Further details were not immediately available.

Married Las Vegas police officers accused of child abuse

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