A father has been charged with felony child abuse for whipping his 4-year-old son with a belt.
The father, Brian J. Reed, 28, of Morrison is charged with child abuse of a child under the age of 8, which makes the count a Class E felony punishable by one to two years in prison.
Deputy Bristol Davis said Reed lied to him when he first arrived to check on the child after lawmen received a tip the child had been abused.
“He said his son had fallen off a wood pile and scraped his ankle,” Davis recalling the father telling him, noting Reed denied there were any other injuries.
The deputy left the house, believing the father’s story after seeing no other injuries on the boy. However, law enforcement was contacted again the same day with the caller insisting the child had other injuries. When Davis arrived back at the home, the father reportedly confessed.
“He stated he was sorry he had lied to me earlier and that he had whipped his son with a belt for not apologizing to his brother,” Davis said.
The deputy conducted a close inspection of the child and found “severe bruising” on the child’s bottom and down his left leg.
Reed was arrested and the boy sent to stay with his grandparents.