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Children Removed From Home After Reported Beating

web posted August 5, 2014

TRENTON Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home on Edgefield Road near Trenton on Sunday after a teenager stumbled to a neighbor's house seeking help after being allegedly beaten by his father. According to the neighbor, the teen fell as he was approaching her house and again as she led him to the kitchen to call 911.

The teen suffered from injuries to his lip, nose and a "contusion" under the right eye and was bleeding from the mouth and nose. An EMS unit was called to the scene to treat the teen's injuries and later transported him to the Edgefield County Hospital for additional treatment. His condition at the time was not available.

According to an incident report released on Monday, the teen said his father attacked him after an argument over his use of his cell phone . According to his statements to deputies, after he refused to give the cell phone to his father the father then grabbed him in a "headlock" and began to, "punch him about the face several times," the report states.

As the investigation continued deputies spoke with the father who was found in the home wearing a clean and pressed polo shirt, was neatly groomed and he had no blood on him. The deputy questioned his appearance and asked if he had "washed up" before the deputy arrived. He admitted he had, and put on a shirt prior to the deputy's arrival. The father denied beating his son and said he did put him in a headlock and did hit him with an open hand.

Further investigation found a towel in the master bathroom with blood on it as well as a sheet "covered in blood" in the teen's bedroom. Photographs were taken of the evidence and the father was then arrested and transported for booking.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) was contacted to respond and after their initial investigation the teen and the younger sibling were removed from the home until DSS finishes their investigation. The report made no mention of a mother being in the home as part of the family unit.

The teen told deputies this was not the first time he has been beaten, recalling a similar incident in June.

Although the father was arrested and charged in the incident, Edgefield Daily is withholding his name in order to protect the children's identities. The father's name will be placed in the daily arrest reports at a later date for the same reason.

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