Former Newton County deputy pleads guilty to 2017 child abuse case

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A former Newton County deputy pleads guilty to child abuse.

Kenneth Rush, 53, of Joplin made his plea in Jasper County court on Monday.

He was charged in December of 2017 after his two-month-old daughter was found to have abusive head trauma. Rush was fired from his job shortly after the incident occurred.

He has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

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