An Ardmore man was charged with aggravated child abuse on Tuesday after deputies responded to a residence and found a toddler with severe bruising on his back, buttocks and hand.
Chad Lynn Powers, 32, is in the Limestone County Jail on $500,000 bond, said Stephen Young, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Young said deputies received a child abuse complaint Monday and responded to a residence on Beech Fork Lane, where they found a woman and her 2-year-old son.
The toddler was suffering injuries to his back, buttocks, and hand and was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital for examination and treatment. He has since been released.
Young said investigators determined the injuries were inflicted by Powers, the woman’s boyfriend. They arrested Powers Tuesday.
Young said the incident is the most severe case of child abuse Limestone County Sheriff’s investigators have seen since they arrested Amanda Reyer and Derrick Defoe in 2015 for scalding Reyer’s two children.
WAAY 31 spent the day talking with the little boy’s neighbors.
“I’d probably be on fire. I’d probably be seeking justice myself," said Tiffany Courter.
Courter is a mom of four and that was her response when we told her a woman’s two-year-old son was abused just down the road from her home.
“For it to be that young—for any age, it doesn’t matter—but that’s a baby," Courter said.
Investigators with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office say they found severe bruising on the little boy’s back, buttocks and hand.
They say Chad Powers, the live-in boyfriend of the toddler’s mother, is accused of using a board to beat the child.
“It’s really sickening, because then you start to wonder and look at your other neighbors, wondering what’s really going on behind those closed doors," one woman said.
The woman didn’t want to be identified, but she told WAAY 31 she was shocked to hear someone in her neighborhood is accused of doing something so awful.
“Children are very innocent and to be treated like that when they don’t know any better, they don’t understand why it’s happening. There’s totally no excuse for it," the woman said.
“I hope the baby has a full recovery," Courter added.