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Surprise man pleads not guilty to child abuse

PHOENIX (AP) _ A Surprise man accused of disciplining his teenage sons by
forcing them to drink alcohol has pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 32-year-old Kristopher Harvey entered his plea
Wednesday. His next scheduled court date is Aug. 6.

Harvey was arrested June 4 on suspicion of two counts of child abuse.

He told authorities that he was punishing his sons for sneaking alcohol by
making them both drink three shots of hard liquor.

Harvey then threw his sons into a swimming pool and their cries for help
alerted neighbors, who called police.

The boys are ages 12 and 13. They were visiting from California.

Harvey says he wanted to show them the effects of drinking irresponsibly and
called the incident “the biggest mistake of my life.”