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Palm Coast Man Charged With Felony Child Abuse For Allegedly Knocking 6-Year-Old Girl to Ground

| November 21, 2016

Richard Kenney after his arrest Sunday, left, and from an earlier arrest in Flagler.

Richard Kenney after his arrest Sunday, left, and from an earlier arrest in Flagler.

Sunday evening Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies got a report of a domestic disturbance at 18 Rosecroft Lane in palm Coast. When they got there, they saw a man in the house holding a butter knife and feared “he may be doing something with it,” according to an arrest report. When they knocked on the door, “several small children came to the door crying and saying they were scared.”


Richard Kenney, 33, was arrested after briefly resisting deputies, and charged with a felony count of child abuse and domestic battery after deputies learned he had allegedly slugged a 6-year-old girl hard enough to knock her to the floor, then slapping his wife or ex-wife. (Court records indicate that earlier this year she petitioned the court for child support from Kenney.)

The 36-year-old mother to the children in the house reported to deputies that Kenney had come home drunk, then asked her and three daughters to come into the room where he was, placing two girls on one side and their mother and the 6-year-old child on the other. He then told the 6-year-old girl, “Sorry I have to use you.” According to his arrest report, he then “struck her so hard with his right hand on the left side of her face that she was thrown to the floor.” The girl had “noticeable redness and swelling on the right side of her face,” the arrest report states.

Kenney and his wife then argued about what he’d just done. The woman kept telling him to leave. He kept refusing. He tried to lock the door to their shared bedroom but she stopped him. He then allegedly slapped her.

Even after deputies arrived at the house Kenney kept yelling at his wife in front of the house. A deputy tried separating them, but Kenney “was very argumentative, refused to calm down and had to be escorted away from the front door.” By then he’d been handcuffed and asked to sit down to calm down. He refused, saying he wouldn’t sit down until the handcuffs were removed. He was ordered to comply and threatened with an additional charge if he did not—resisting arrest, which was eventually added to his two other charges—but was finally forced to sit.

He was then taken to the county jail and booked at 10:30 p.m.

The third-degree child-abuse felony charge he faces—though it is child abuse “without causing great bodily harm”—is defined in law as committing malicious abuse “wrongfully, intentionally, and without legal justification or excuse. Maliciousness may be established by circumstances from which one could conclude that a reasonable parent would not have engaged in the damaging acts toward the child for any valid reason and that the primary purpose of the acts was to cause the victim unjustifiable pain or injury.”

He bonded out this morning.

In 2010 Kenney was charged with domestic battery and other charges, pleaded to battery and was sentenced to probation. He subsequently attempted to have the record sealed but was denied, likely because of his previous record: He was charged with grand theft, a second-degree felony, in 2004. The charge was dropped. In 2013, he was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. That charge was dropped. He was also the subject of an injunction in 2009. 

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9 Responses for “Palm Coast Man Charged With Felony Child Abuse For Allegedly Knocking 6-Year-Old Girl to Ground”

  1. Geezer says:

    Looks like a recent teardrop tattoo on homey’s cheek.
    What a classy fellow!

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    Once again our lovely justice system at work. We have a repeat offender who continues to receive light sentences. And why on earth are you allowed to post bond so quickly on a child abuse charge?

    If they would stop dropping charges and actually prosecute and put him away for awhile then maybe his kids would be safe. Stop this cycle before it gets any worse than it is.

    Mr. Kenney your tear drop tattoo does not impress nor scare me. Neither does your sad ability to intimidate your children and wife. Real men don’t abuse women and children. And yes that is what you are doing.

    Let’s hope you run across someone one day who you try to slap and they knock the taste out of your mouth.

  3. ReRuN says:

    That’s no teardrop. He actually comes from a decent family with a law enforcement background. Cool dude until he and that alcohol get a hold of each-other.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How much you want to bet that mother-of-the-year bonded him out? CPS should be involved. IMMEDIATELY!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why does the State Attorney’s Office keep dropping these cases. I guess they are not violent enough for them. They are going to wait until next time when he shots the 6 year old. Shame on you!

  6. footballen says:

    Charges dropped, charges dropped, charges dropped!!!!!!!!!!!!! How the &%@$ does that happen over and over? Now he has struck an innocent child, what next? How long before the system realizes this man is a wolf praying on the innocents? Justice for him would require a very large angry man and an empty room with a locked door.

  7. Sw says:

    Another one of the super men of PC picking on a kid and woman. Despicable, heinous, coward. I would send him to the gallows.

  8. Friend says:

    I’ve known this guy for over 8years there’s two sides to every story!

  9. Anonymous says:

    There isn’t any side to any story that justifies the striking of a six year old child. “There’s two sides to any story? What a disgusting comment that is! And it only goes to show how CPS should be involved if these are the kind of “friends” that surround this situation.

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