Charges have been leveled against a father for whipping his 3-year-old son.
The father, Joey Carlson, 25, is charged with felony child abuse and could face two to four years in prison if convicted.
His charges come after his wife called police on him, saying the child’s father had gone too far when he spanked their child.
“The photographs show excessive redness, swelling and bruising to the buttocks, lower back and left upper hip area,” said McMinnville police detective Tony Jenkins, noting it did not appear the injuries had been made by a hand spanking. “The injuries appear to have been inflicted by something other than a hand since no visible hand prints can be observed.”
Carlson admitted whipping his son during a subsequent interview. The reason for the whipping, or an explanation about its severity, has not been revealed.