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Report: Boley investigated for child abuse

Michael Boley is finally coming back to form

Michael Boley is finally coming back to form from a hamstring injury that slowed him for much of the last month. (undated file photo) Credit: Getty Images

A grand jury in Alabama soon may be deciding whether to indict Giants linebacker Michael Boley in connection with the abuse of his 5-year-old son earlier this year, TMZ.com reported.

According to the official incident report taken by the Gadsden Police Department and cited by TMZ, Boley is accused of the repeated willful abuse of a child under 18 from May 30 to June 5. A representative of the Gadsden police told the website that the case was "investigated and has been handed over to the district attorney's office, which will present the case to a grand jury. The grand jury will then decide if there is enough evidence to formally charge Boley with a crime."

A Giants spokesman said the team is aware of the investigation and Boley is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins.

Boley's attorney, Randall M. Kessler, told Newsday that the person who made the charge of abuse is the mother of the 5-year-old and not Boley's ex-wife, Chantelle.

"These allegations were brought to our attention along with outrageous monetary demands in a contested child support case which she filed over a year ago," Kessler told TMZ. "At final trial about a month ago, she did not seek an order restricting visitation. The only relief she requested from the judge was that child support be more than quintupled to, in her words, 'increase her lifestyle.' "

This isn't the first time Boley has been accused of abuse. In 2008, when he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons, Boley was arrested and charged with three counts of domestic battery for allegedly beating his wife at the time, Chantelle. According to Gwinnett County, Ga., court records, that case ended when a judge upheld the prosecutor's motion for "nolle prosequi" -- a Latin term that means "not to prosecute" -- and it never went to trial. Boley, however, was suspended for the 2009 opener, his first game with the Giants, because of the issue.

Boley, 29, had a disappointing first two seasons with the Giants, but this year he emerged as a leader of the defense. He missed two games with a hamstring injury last month and has played part-time in the two previous games.

TMZ also reported that another woman who has a 2-year-old child with Boley has filed court papers in Georgia asking a judge to require him to be supervised when spending time with their child and that the judge has not yet ruled on her request.

Boley is a native of Gadsden. According to the Giants, he has six children: sons Michael Jr., McKale, Josh, Tyler and Donovan, and a daughter, Tianna.

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