Man faces felony charges for allegedly beating a 3-year-old boy
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A man turned himself in to local authorities Monday following accusations of severe child abuse.
Justin White, 25, faces felony charges of third and fourth degree malicious punishment to a child. Police said the victim is just three years old.
The abuse was first reported to authorities over the weekend by the child's mother. White had been watching the woman's child while she traveled out of town for work, according to the police report.
When she picked her child up, the woman told police that he was "walking funny with welts and bruises" from head to toe. The child was transported to St. Mary's Hospital, where medical workers found cuts all over his body. The boy's injuries were not life threatening.
White said he "disciplined" the child with a belt, notes the police report. One other child was in White's care but did not suffer injuries.
He's expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday. Both charges carry maximum sentences of five years in prison.