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Augusta man charged with beating son

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An Augusta man has been accused of cruelty to children after beating his son with a belt for performing poorly in school, police reports say.

Curtis Tyrone Darby, 39, of Jef­ferson Street, was booked into the Augusta-Richmond County Jail on Friday on a felony charge of cruelty to children in the first degree, jail records show.

Natalie Cunningham, the boy’s grandmother, told police Thursday night that Darby disciplined the boy while she and the child’s mother were gone, a Rich­mond County sheriff’s report said. She said she called police when she saw the extent of the child’s injuries.

Deputies saw belt marks on the child’s back from his waist to the base of his neck, the report said. Cunningham then took the boy, whose age is being witheld by police, to University Hospital.

Police met with Darby at his home on Jefferson Street, where he admitted to having the child undress before beating him with a belt, the report said. Darby said the child had performed poorly in school and not done his homework, according to the report.

The child’s mother, Kim­berly Cunningham-Darby, said Darby has been mistakenly accused of abusing the child before. While living in Florida, he was accused of shaking his son and causing damage to his left eye. It was later determined that the child had an existing condition causing the deformity in his eye, and charges were dropped.

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nocnoc 10/06/13 - 07:27 am
Given he stripped the kid and

Given he stripped the kid and preceded to whip areas areas outside the normal range of a disciplinary whipping I can agree that some form of criminal charges are needed.

Reading another media source I see the victim was a 9-year-old.

Minor Correction
You don't beat a kid with a Belt, you whip a child with a belt.

JRC2024 10/06/13 - 09:00 am
I got mine a few times but

I got mine a few times but never had to undress. And I deserved it but it wasn"t for grades.

LillyfromtheMills 10/06/13 - 05:41 pm
Me, too

Daddy had a fearsome belt - and we deserved every whipping we got. Living all over the world - we knew our boundaries and if we crossed them, we knew what would happen to us. Our parents had to trust us and we trusted them

Marinerman1 10/07/13 - 01:34 pm
Stupid Idiot

I got a few whippings in my day, but NEVER got anything above the butt. This was abuse. AND, how convenient that he waited until everyone else was away from the house. Stupid idiot. Throw his butt in jail. And now is the time to get a second opinion on the eye disorder. I also would suggest that Curtis get a taste of his own brand of discipline. He can no longer be trusted with his son alone for a long while.

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