Police said an Augusta man punched and hit his stepson with a belt after the boy got into trouble at a summer church camp.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Derrick Alonzo McClattie, 44, picked up the 8-year-old from the camp Wednesday after he got into trouble. They went home, where McClattie punched the child and then beat him in the back, arms and head with a belt, the sheriff’s office said.
The child’s mother notified police after she woke up to his screaming.
The boy was taken to a hospital for cuts to his head, ear and back, and bruising to his shoulder, arm and back.
The physician told police McClattie’s actions resulted in “cruel and excessive pain” for the boy.
McClattie has been booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of first-degree child cruelty.