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Man arrested for attacking son

Posted: July 29, 2014 5:53 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 48-year-old Kershaw County man Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his 12-year-old son.

A KCSO press release said the incident occurred in the early morning hours Saturday, when the intoxicated man got into an argument with his son over some missing keys. During the argument, he allegedly hit his son in the head with a flashlight and with his fists, the press release said. The boy fled the residence and went to several homes for help. The residents of one home called 911 and deputies responded. Kershaw County EMS was also called and treated the boy at the scene before transporting him to KershawHealth.

Deputies arrested the suspect and transported him to the Kershaw County Detention Center. A KCSO investigator interviewed the victim at the hospital and obtained a statement and photographs of his injuries. The boy’s father has been charged with second-degree assault and battery. His bond was set at $20,000 on Sunday.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Matthews, the suspect has an extensive arrest record including arrests for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, numerous resisting arrests, assault and battery, disorderly conduct, multiple arrests for driving under the influence and driving under suspension, criminal domestic violence,  criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated and open container.

“This is a very sad situation. No child should be subjected to this kind of abuse,” Matthews said in the release. “(His) alcohol problem and the violence it leads to needs to be dealt with before he more seriously injures someone.”

(Editor’s Note: In an effort to protect the minor victim in this case, the Chronicle-Independent is declining to identify the suspect or publish his photograph due to the fact that they are related.)


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