Man sentenced after beating child with belt

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RANDOLPH COUNTY – A Randolph County man who pleaded guilty to battery after admitting he used a belt to whip a 3-year-old boy last year learned his punishment.

A judge sentenced Jerrod Graves, 22, to three years with two years suspended. Graves can serve out the remaining year of his sentence through a work-release program at the Randolph County Jail. He received credit for 154 days spent in jail. When he’s released, Graves will also be on probation for two years.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a second felony count of neglect of a dependent. That charge typically carries a four-year prison term.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Graves texted his girlfriend on Sept. 26, 2012, saying that “he was sick” of the 3-year-old boy he was taking care of. The child belonged to Graves’ girlfriend and he was watching him. His girlfriend called a neighbor to pick up the boy. That neighbor then sent Graves’ girlfriend a picture showing red marks on the child’s legs.

Officers saw marks “on the inner part of (the child’s) left leg above the knee and to the right of his private area,” court documents said. The boy told officers that “Jerrod whipped me” and showed them where it happened.

When approached by police, Graves admitted he disciplined the boy for getting into a purse and his wallet. He denied whipping the boy, saying he had his girlfriend’s permission to spank the child.

A further examination of the boy showed “deep bruising on the lower back, bruising on the left lower inner leg and welts in a pattern of approximately 1-inch wide.” The welts “appeared to be caused by an object similar to a belt,” investigators noted.

During an interview with police, the boy’s older brother said Graves spanked the child with a belt. “He reported hearing (his brother) scream as he was being spanked, and that Graves struck him 8 times,” court documents said.

Graves initially denied spanking the boy. Later, he admitted he spanked the child but insisted he used his hand. During subsequent questioning, he admitted to police that he used a belt, saying “that is the only way that he knows how to handle it.” He added that he “bets (the child) won’t do that again.”

Police then arrested Graves on charges of neglect of a dependent and battery.

8 comments

    • Jimmy

      There is a big difference from beating a childs ass, and doing what they are showing this man did. You want to give a child a butt whopping for being bad so be it. But this child was a three year old child. He had deep brusing on his back his legs and near his junk. This was not his kid either. A butt whoppin and what this is talking about are two different things. Again a three year old I don't care what they did doesn't deserve this. I personally would beat this dudes ass if i ran into him the same goes for an asshole like hate up there.

    • anns

      You're an ass! How many convicts say my parents were too lenient with me, they never beat me. Wise up idiot!

    • Shocker

      Yeah right? Heck my Mom beat me with belts and switches. And she made me get that damn switch ta'boot. And if she didn't think it would cut me into, she'd go find one that would. Ya know, I think back to all that and if it had happened in today's society (nanny state/government and noisy neighbor's) She'd be in prison somewhere. One good thing did come out of my 'corporal punishment' I've never been in trouble or arrested for anything. I'm also 56 years young! You are right…" This Is Why Kids Are Fucked Up Nowadays."

    • indysucks

      child abuse is child abuse. I lived myself what this child went threw. trust me the belt was probley the nicest thing that happened to him. once again boyfriends taking care of girlfriends kids. the boyfriend lying and lying to the cops about what really went down. God only knows how horrible he really was with those kids. I don't credit my years of being beat hard with a razor strap, threatened by a mother on drugs. and numerous of other things of keeping me out of prison. in fact I credit it to a high chance of me being a horrible person and going to prison. I feel that my friends moms that got me into church, vbs, youth for Christ, honor roll student, speech team, tennis, etc for the reason I have never been to prison. my drive to be better then where I came from is what made me who I am today.

      women need to stop letting their boyfriends raise their kids by other men. I haven't seen anything come good out of that and I am almost 50.

  • Sarah

    Poor baby. A three year old is still so young. Why were the purse and wallet accessible if the boyfriend didn't want the child in them? A three year old certainly doesn't deserve a belt. Not ever.

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