MARION -- McDowell County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a Marion man, charged with negligent child abuse inflicting serious injury.
Lt. Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Scott Robert Bouza, 26, of 351 Glenwood Drive in Marion, with negligent child abuse inflicting serious injury.
The 6-year-old male victim is the son of Bouza’s fiancée.
Manis said the suspect whipped the boy with a leather belt, leaving bruises over several places on his body.
The Sheriff’s Office received the case on a referral from the McDowell County Department of Social Services.
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