Georgia police will not file charges against Dwight Howard for child abuse

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Back near the start of the season, reports came out that Dwight Howard was being investigated for abusing one of his children, a charge leveled by the child’s mother. It was something Howard’s attorney said was baseless at the time.

After a six-month investigation, no charges will be filed against Howard. Mark Berman of Fox News in Houston has the story.

The Atlanta, Ga. Police Department declined to press charges of child abuse against Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard…

“I can confirm we are not moving forward with charges in this case,” said Sgt. Gregory Lyon, in an email to FOX 26 Sports….

“We are gratified that the Atlanta Police Department, after fully examining the frivolous allegations against Dwight Howard, has closed the case and decided not to proceed with charges,” said (Howard’s attorney David Oscar) Markus in a statement to FOX 26 Sports. “Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect their welfare.”

Howard did not discuss the charges.

Howard and the Rockets are gearing up for the playoffs. After a season racked with injuries, Howard has put up double-doubles in Houston’s last three games and played in the mid-20s in minutes. His play will be key if the Rockets advance out of the first round in a stacked Western Conference.