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Accused child abuser released because of clerical error

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The man police say broke the arms and legs of a toddler, then left her face bruised and beaten, is out of jail because of a clerical error.

The Spokane County Prosecutors Officer says 20-year-old Cedric “Dirty” Burton was given a $250,000 bond, but a staff member accidentally dropped a zero, lowering the bond amount to only $25,000. 

“I try to stay positive, that’s my thing is to stay positive because I got to keep the kids positive, keep them happy,” said the girl's father, Andrew Walker. “But all-in-all I think it’s absolutely ridiculous.”

Burton is facing second-degree assault after police say he beat 2-year-old Jayonna Walker on Oct. 29.

Court documents say Burton was getting ready to watch a movie with Jayonna, her siblings, and her mother that night. He took Jayonna to buy candy but when he returned court documents say the mother noticed her daughter’s legs were bruised.

The girl was taken to a hospital with both arms and both legs broken.

Court documents say Burton told the girl's mother the child fell while trying to get out of a vehicle, but doctors disputed that claim.

She is recovering from surgery and now lives with her father.

Walker says the medical bills are piling up, but the good news is Jayonna’s GoFundMe page has already reached more than $5,000. His goal is $10,000.

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