Bond was denied Friday an Augusta man accused of child abuse for allegedly hurting his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.
Terrance Morgan, 23, is charged with cruelty to children in the first degree. Senior Judge Roger Dunaway denied bond for Morgan after hearing the victim’s mother and members of Morgan’s family describe what happened as an accident. Morgan, the judge found, could pose a danger to the community.
On April 24 the child’s mother took the boy to University Hospital after finding belt marks and blisters on the boy, said Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter. Morgan said he had whipped the boy for pulling a TV down. At the hospital, belt marks and bruises were discovered on the child’s arms and leg as well as on his back and under his arms. Blisters found on the lower half of the boy’s body was evidence of second-degree burns, Markwalter said. The doctor said the burns were consistent with being burned by boiling hot water.
Defense attorney Bill Fleming asked the judge to consider bond for Morgan who had no prior criminal conviction. The victim’s mother, who is now pregnant with Morgan’s child, stood with Morgan and says there has never been any abuse in the past, Fleming said. Although the child’s mother was interested in taking parenting classes offered through the Department of Family and Children Services, DFCS has not opened a case in the matter, he said.
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