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Published March 01, 2012, 08:48 AM

Minnesota man accused of abusing leashed children

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud police have arrested a day-care helper after he was seen walking two children on leashes and pushing them to the ground.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud police have arrested a day-care helper after he was seen walking two children on leashes and pushing them to the ground.

The 67-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of malicious punishment of a child.

The St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/z4Bi09 ) reports the man helps operate an in-home day care in St. Cloud with his wife.

A St. Cloud police spokesman says the children the man had on walking leashes were 3 and 4 years old. They were clients at the day care and not related to the man.

The children were treated and released from St. Cloud Hospital.

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