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SUFFOLK -- The parents of a 4-year-old boy have been been arrested for allegedly abusing and assaulting the child and causing 'significant permanent damage.'

Suffolk Police spokeswoman Diana Klink says the child's father, 30-year-old Bernard Olonzo Esannason, and step-mother, 33-year-old Vallerie Maria Esannason, were both charged with cruelty and injuries to children and aggravated malicious wounding.

Both suspects are currently being held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

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