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Uncle arrested for beating three children with a belt

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An uncle of three children was arrested for beating them with a belt on Christmas Eve so bad that they were sent to the hospital.

Marvin White, 50, was charged with three counts of cruelty to a minor. White was the three children's caregiver that evening at the apartment complex on North Cliff Avenue.

The children and their mother live in the apartment. The uncle had been staying there for a while. At Wednesday's police briefing. Lt. Blaine Larsen said the mother's whereabouts at the time of the incident were not known.

The incident was reported at 11:16 pm Monday. A neighbor called police saying it sounded like children were being beaten. Officers arrived to the scene to find White mopping up blood from the floor.

An 8-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were moved to the hospital to be examined.

Police said White was intoxicated and when they arrested him he was uncooperative.

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