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.