Baxter Co. man charged with child abuse

BAXTER CO., Ark. (KTHV) – A rural Mountain Home man is being charged with felony battery on a child.

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office got a complaint from the child's grandmother July 28 who said she picked up the child to spend the night and noticed the 5-year-old boy had bruises on his face and neck.

The suspect is the child's father, David Dewayne Sutterfield, denied causing the injuries, however the Sheriff's Office said he gave several different versions of what caused them.

Another person in the home told the Sheriff's Office they witnessed Sutterfield grabbing the child's face in a way that would have caused the injuries as well as shoving and hitting the child.

Sutterfield was arrested and booked on a charge of second degree battery. He is being held on $25,000 bond.


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