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Henderson Man Faces Numerous Child Abuse Charges
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HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson police say a 4-year-old boy nearly died from malnutrition after his mother's boyfriend abused him and his brother. According to police, the boys suffered physical and emotional abuse.

Police arrested Edward Colucci and charged him with kidnapping, assault and seven counts of child abuse. Henderson detectives believe Colucci not only tried to physically abuse his girlfriend's two children, but also emotionally break their will to live.

The 33-year-old Colucci was arrested November 23. That's when paramedics and Henderson police officers found a 4-year-old boy unconscious at a condominium inside the Montelago Village Resort. Detectives report the boy had sunken eyes and was so malnourished, his hair was falling out.

Dispatchers say that when the mother of the unconscious child called 9-1-1, she could be heard telling Colucci, "you went too far."

According to the arrest report, Colucci reportedly forced the child to eat nothing but dry ramen noodles, garlic cloves and onions. Police say Colucci would spit in the water he gave the boy to drink. The mother told detectives that whenever she tried to make eye contact with her younger son, Colucci viewed it as showing too much affection and punched or kicked the boy as punishment. She claims Colucci threatened to kill her family and physically abuse her more if she went to police. That's why detectives are charging Colucci with kidnapping.

The report further states Colucci bought presents for the boys, but would later bash the mother's head against the floor while repeatedly saying "I love you." police say Colucci bit the boy's nose, sprayed glass cleaner into his eyes and forced him to eat his own vomit. Both boys are now in protective custody, the 4-year-old who just had his 5th birthday was hospitalized at Sunrise Hospital for severe dehydration.

Henderson detectives declined to comment to 8 News NOW before the January 18 arraignment.

Edward Colucci's attorney, Bret Whipple, says his client is pleading not guilty and "looks forward to his day in court." Whipple declined to comment further.

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