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Apr 26, 2012 1:55 AM

Couple wanted for child abuse arrested in Peoria

PEORIA - A man and woman wanted on felony warrants in Apache County for alleged child abuse have been arrested in Peoria.

Peoria police say 51-year-old William John Knapman and 21-year-old Diana Rosemary Dieter were taken into custody Wednesday in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.

Officers responded to a check welfare call regarding a couple with an allegedly unhealthy baby in the truck's camper.

Paramedics were called and the 3-month-old boy was taken to a hospital. Police say Knapman and Dieter were only booked on the outstanding warrants.

The warrants stem from a 2011 case in which the couple is accused of abusing their other son, who's now 2-and-a-half years old.

That boy currently is in state Child Protective Services' custody. The couple lost their parental rights last June.

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