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Parents: We've been accused of child abuse over son's birthmark

LAWNDALE, NC (WBTV) - A pair of Cleveland county parents are upset at the way they are being treated.

"It makes me feel like I'm a bad father," Jason Price said. "And it's causing a bunch of conflict."

An agent from the Department of Social Services came to Price's home Wednesday and told the parents they were being investigated for alleged child abuse of their 4 year old son Zach.

The boy's teacher called DSS. Teachers who saw a mark on the Zach's leg believe it was a burn mark.

The couple says those aren't burn marks but instead their son's birth mark. This was the conversation the agent and the boy's father had in front of the house.

"She said that she was called up here because of the burn on his leg," the boy's father Jason Price said. "I told her it was his birth mark and she told me it looked like a burn to me."

The parents also claim their son was told repeatedly to drop his pants so other adults could see the mark.

"He might start thinking something is wrong with him." the mother Sarah Punch said.

The parents fear this exposure could have a negative impact on Zach.

"He acted scared yesterday," the father said. "Crying."

The mother is disturbed this is happening.

"Everybody is making a big deal out of his birthmark," Punch said. "I would never thought in a million years that I was going to have a problem with his birthmark."

The Cleveland county school district officials tell WBTV the parents' side of the story doesn't match up to their side of the story. That's all they would say.

In the meantime DSS agents are tracking down the boy's doctor so they can confirm that is a birthmark and not a burn mark.

"I want to see this come to an end," the father said.

DSS would not comment on this case.

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