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Father of missing Milwaukee girl charged with child abuse

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The father of Alexis Patterson -- a young Milwaukee girl who vanished for good in 2002 -- is due in court Wednesday for allegedly beating another child.

40-year-old Kenya Carlton Campbell has a preliminary hearing scheduled on three felony counts of child abuse, and one felony charge of child neglect.  

Campbell is the biological father of Alexis Patterson, but the girl's mother had divorced him and re-married when the child went missing on her way to school in May of 2002. The disappearance made national news, and it still gets attention every once in a while.  

In Campbell's new court case, authorities said he claimed that his 8-month-old daughter fell from a couch on November 22nd -- but doctors later found that the girl had a broken jaw, a lacerated liver with hemorrhage, and abusive head trauma that could have killed the youngster.  

Campbell has been in trouble before. Among other things, online court records show that he was convicted of drug dealing in Milwaukee County in 2004, and selling cocaine in Portage County in 2009.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)