Jerry Lee Miller Jr., 28, 150 Spring Drive, Johnson City, was charged with aggravated child abuse.
Officer Kenneth Lowe of the Elizabethton Police Department, said he was dispatched to Apartment D-4 of 120 Mountain Hollow Court at 11:10 p.m. When he arrived, Lowe asked Miller if there had been a disturbance. Lowe said Miller told him his 2-year-old son had colored on the wall of the apartment.
Miller said he disciplined the boy by hitting him on his bottom. He said the boy began urinating on the floor and laughing at him. Miller said he had to discipline the boy again, using a belt this time.
Lowe said he noticed several red welts on the boy’s legs, back buttocks and right arm. He said he also noticed scratches on the boy’s chest, arms and genital area. Lowe said he asked Miller why he used a belt, and was told by Miller that he had to “step it up a notch.”
A woman in the apartment told Lowe she had tried to stop the Miller from hitting the child with the belt, but he pushed her away and hit her with the belt.
Child Protective Services was called to the scene. Miller was arrested.
Miller appeared in Sessions Court on Monday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. set his court date for May 24 and lowered his bond to $2,000.