Friday, October 11, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Ferrum man was indicted earlier this week on three counts of child abuse for allegedly striking a boy with a wooden paddle.
David Lee Rezendes, 39, was indicted by the grand jury on two felony counts of abuse and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery.
On July 2, the mother of the 5-year-old boy brought him to the sheriff's office, according to Investigator J.P. Nolen. The child's bottom was covered in bruises.
The child allegedly told investigators that Rezendes struck him several times with a wooden paddle, Nolen said.
On July 8, Rezendes was interviewed and allegedly told investigators that the boy was not listening, so he whipped him with the wooden paddle as punishment, Nolen said.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.