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Local man charged in toddler's beating

Friday, May 21, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Greencastle man has been charged with Class D felony battery resulting in bodily injury in connection with an incident involving an 18-month-old boy.

Anthony M. Cox, 22, was arrested Wednesday. He was released from jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

According to court documents, authorities were notified of a possible child abuse situation when the alleged victim's mother took the boy to the Putnam County Hospital emergency room on May 11.

The boy's mother told police she and her son lived with Cox, and that on that day the mother left the couple's residence to attend classes at about 7:30 a.m., leaving the alleged victim in Cox's care.

Twenty minutes after the alleged victim's mother left the home, an affidavit of probable cause said, Cox called her to tell her he had spanked the alleged victim for getting out of bed.

Cox went on to tell the alleged victim's mother that when the child went to get back into his bed, the child had tripped and struck his head on a floor heater.

The alleged victim's mother came home about three hours later and took her son to the emergency room. She told police that she had observed no injuries on her son when she had left for school.

Charles Bollinger, an investigator for the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office, said he found several injuries on the child, including a welt on the back of the right leg just below the buttocks that appeared to be in the form of a handprint, welts and redness to the left leg just below the buttocks and broken blood vessels below the skin, swelling and bruising to the left side of the forehead, face and eye area.

Cox was interviewed shortly afterward, and said the alleged victim had awakened him, and that Cox instructed the boy to return to bed. When the child refused, court records said, Cox told police he struck the child with an open hand to the back of the child's legs, but that he had meant to hit him on his diaper.

"Anthony Cox states he could have hit (the alleged victim) on two occasions," the affidavit said.

No further court dates have yet been set in the case. If convicted, Cox could be sentenced to three years in prison.


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Incidents like this just don't happen once. It is a shame that you get a lower bond and less time in jail for things like this. If the mother allowa him to come back she should be charged as well. Anyone who hurts a child is a COWARD!

-- Posted by Innocent on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 8:49 AM

He beat a 1 1/2 year old baby because he got out of bed? And then he gets out of jail for $500? This man is a threat to children and he is out walking the streets. Put this loser behind bars and keep him there.

-- Posted by nikkilpn on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 9:07 AM

This is so sad and far to common in todays world,a 22 year old should have more sense than to beat an 18 month child,let alone to bust blood vessels,and also why did it take 3 hours for the mother to come home to seek medical care for her child?WHAT is more important than your childs health and well being!In my opinion,,,NOTHING!!!

-- Posted by obeone on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 10:17 AM

beat this loser with a catofnine tails n put him away for a long time

-- Posted by 5catsondrugs on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 10:24 AM

Sounds like he slapped the boy across the side of the face as well. I have a 2yr old boy and I'm 39....better late than never. I read these articles and it makes my stomach upset.

If my son gets out of bed and wakes me up...I lift him up and put him in bed with me. Once he's back asleep I place him back in his bed. He rarely gets up at night since about 20 mos old.

Something so easy and you beat them for it?

Sickening...

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 1:05 PM

Just so everyone no the person who wrote this story was wrong about something they wrote in their article...It did NOT take the mother 3 hours to go to her child...she went directly there as soon as she recieved the phone call so everyone posting about this wrong fact might want to say sorry to the mother!

-- Posted by shootingstar_123us on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 8:22 PM

Good for mom for seeking help and turning him in. Some women can not do this for fear of loosing their man. I agree he needs to be in jail for a long time. This was not an accident and it will happen again if mom or any other female lets him near kids. Ladies no matter how much you like the guy ... don't leave him with your baby. Boyfriends are so often the abuser.

-- Posted by goodmorning on Sat, May 22, 2010, at 11:07 AM

sad .... was boyfriend sleeping his way out of a hangover? Where's the baby's father? An 18-month old does not have the rationale of a child. Doesn't sound like boyfriend is very rational either. Glad mom sought intervention instead of keeping the peace and letting boyfriend get away with it. I don't necessarily agree with the jail-term though ..... maybe INTENSE-longterm (years) parenting training so he could get a degree in child development or at least LEARN something.

-- Posted by Scripted Spontaneity on Sat, May 22, 2010, at 1:48 PM

the sad thing is, the mother probably DIDNT report the incident, The hospital is under obligation to call the police anytime there is a small child with suspicious injuries brought in.

-- Posted by uttersillyness on Mon, May 24, 2010, at 1:21 PM

This makes me physicially ill and my blood pressure rise. I have a 2 and 1/2 year old little boy, and the thought of leaving marks on his body disgusts me to no end. I do think sometimes spanking is necessary, but definitely not in this case, not for doing something as innocent as waking up. Put him with a loving family because he's still young enough for this not to shape his entire life and start the cycle over again.

-- Posted by MsBehaving on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 2:13 PM

The child is with a loving family, HIS FAMILY!!! Don't make harsh judgements by what the media says. Yes anthony does need to go to prison and for a lot longer than the max but thats not the point, everyone needs to stop beating on the mother because she did everything she needed to do to get her child out of danger...and nobody expect for him to hurt the child, never showed any signs so STOP BEATING ON THE MOTHER!!!!

-- Posted by shootingstar_123us on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 9:19 PM


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