|Jonathan McGuire admits to beating child with a belt|
Friday, September 6, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Hardy man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to felony child abuse for beating a child with a belt.
Jonathan Ashley McGuire, 33, also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor assault and battery charges for striking two minor children.
The incident occurred on June 6 when McGuire struck a 3-year-old boy with a belt so hard that the belt left deep red imprints of its design on the child's skin, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.
McGuire told investigators that the boy was "being so bad that he lost it," Deatherage said. McGuire told investigators that the boy had urinated behind the car, threw night crawlers on the floor and hit his 5-year-old sister.
On June 7, investigators were called by the girl's school to report that the girl had red marks on her face and a bruise on her leg, Deatherage said. Later when investigators went to the girl's residence, they found her brother with several deep red marks on his face and body.
A photo that was presented as evidence showed a deep red imprint of the belt across the boy's neck and upper chest.
When asked what happened, the boy told investigators that his father had beat him with a yellow belt, Deatherage said.
Both children were transported to the hospital, Deatherage said.
When questioned by investigators, McGuire said he struck the boy with the belt three times while the child was not wearing a shirt, Deatherage said. McGuire said the girl was struck accidentally while he was beating the boy.
His wife, Tiffany M. McGuire, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of making a false statement to investigators.
Tiffany McGuire lied to investigators about knowing what happened to the children, Deatherage said. She later admitted to being scared to tell the investigators that she knew what her husband had done, although she was not home when the incident occurred.
Tiffany McGuire was sentenced to 12 months in jail, but she will only serve 16 days of the sentence on alternating weekends.
Tiffany McGuire told the court the children live with her, and arrangements have been made for their care while she is incarcerated.
Jonathan McGuire will be sentenced on the misdemeanor charges on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. The sentencing hearing for the felony count is set for Sept. 17, 2014, at 9 a.m.