Man faces assault charge over child's injuries

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) - Officials say a 40-year-old Saucier man was arrested on a felony assault charge after he allegedly took a belt to the back of his child's legs and picked the boy up by the neck and choked him.

Harrison County sheriff's Maj. Ron Pullen tells The Sun Herald ( ) Kelton McCuien assaulted the child April 2 after learning the boy had gotten in trouble at school.

School officials notified deputies of the boy's injuries April 3 and investigators arrested McCuien on Tuesday.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services took the boy and his siblings into protective custody pending a judge's ruling.

McCuien is being held at the Harrison County jail on a $35,000 bond.

He faces a charge of aggravated domestic assault.

It was unclear whether McCuien has an attorney.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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