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Michael Boley Child Abuse: Giants Linebacker Accused Of Physically Abusing Son

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09: Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants chases Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) | Getty

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a report that New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley physically abused his 5-year-old son in Gadsden, Ala., his hometown.

Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said Tuesday an investigation into the allegations made by the child's mother has just begun and evidence will be presented to a grand jury if it's determined there's probable cause.

"We've just been presented with some allegations that there was some child abuse inflicted on one of his kids here in Gadsden," Harp said.

Harp said he has not yet interviewed Boley. The New York Times initially reported the accusations.

Boley's attorney, Randall Kessler of Atlanta, says the child's mother didn't raise the allegations during a Sept. 27 child support hearing.

"During our entire trial on her request for child support, the only thing the mother asked the court to do was to increase the child support to five times what it currently is since Mr. Boley is a highly paid NFL player," Kessler said. "There was no evidence presented of any increased needs of the child. It was a simply a case of 'he makes a lot of money, so he should pay a lot of money.'"

Boley is in the third year of a five-year contract with the Giants worth about $25 million.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the team is aware of the allegations, but had no further comment.

Kessler said abuse was alleged to have happened between May 30 and June 5.

He said a Georgia woman recently asked for Boley's contact with their child to be supervised, but didn't an file emergency request. He said no hearing has been scheduled.

Boley was also arrested in May 2008 on battery charges after his wife, Chantelle, told police he "became physical" with her during an argument. He was suspended for one game by the NFL for violation of the league's personal conduct policy, but the case didn't go to court.

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