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BYRNES MILL, Mo. -- A Missouri man faces multiple charges after allegedly forcing his daughter to sleep in a dog crate and striking her.

According to Jefferson County court documents, authorities charged 57-year-old Gregory C. Byrd with felony child endangerment and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

Byrd denied the allegations Wednesday evening in a brief phone conversation with KTVI.

"It's simply not true," said Gregory Byrd. "It's been blown out of proportion, I just can't talk about it," he added before saying "thank you" and hanging up.

But, according to court documents, investigators said Byrd openly admitted to striking his teenage daughter on several occasions and making her to sleep in a dog crate so "she did not leave the house at night".

On Oct. 28, authorities were called to his home in reference to a 911 hang-up. That call turned into an investigation of possible abuse and neglect of a child.

Court documents show that during the investigation, the daughter told police she was locked up during a school homecoming weekend last year. She told authorities she'd been abused since seventh grade.

Neighbors said in a subdivision where everyone knows everyone and their business, Byrd seemed to keep to himself.

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