Officials: Clovis man beat 6-year-old for sitting on knees at the dinner table

Officials: Clovis man beat 6-year-old for sitting on knees at the dinner table
Bruce Bender found guilty of child abuse in March of 2017 (Source: Ninth Judicial District Attorney)

CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - A Clovis man faces up to four and a half years in prison after he was convicted yesterday of child abuse.

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In March of 2017, Clovis officers were called to a restaurant where 64-year-old Bruce Bender hit his 6-year-old child in the head. Officials say the child had been sitting on the child's knees at the table after Bender told him not to do so.

Bender was later found in the parking lot of the restaurant where he became aggressive and refused to comply with officers.

His sentencing will be scheduled for a later date.

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