Augusta man faces child cruelty charges

A 25-year-old has been charged with two counts of first-degree child cruelty after authorities said he beat two children Thursday.

A Richmond County deputy discovered the abuse after he pulled over a woman for running a stop sign, according to an incident report.

The woman was hysterical and explained she had just picked up her children, ages 7 and 8, from their grandmother’s home in the 600 block of Macon Avenue and discovered the markings on their bodies, police said.

The 7-year-old had a marking on his face, and the 8-year-old had a marking on the inner thigh.

Imanuel Antionio Richardson, a cousin of the children’s mother, told authorities he used a belt on the children after their grandmother asked him to “woop” them when they began acting wild about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Charges were not filed against the mother or grandmother.

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