E'town man charged with abuse of 4-year-old boy

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By Jeff D'Alessio

An Elizabethtown man was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with slapping a 4-year-old male family member on the left side of his head, causing bruising.

Melvin A. Hunter, 27, of the 100 block of Crimson Creek Drive, admitted during an interview with police to striking the child and causing the bruising, according to an arrest citation.

Hunter is charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a child younger than 12, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond.

According to a news release from the Eliza­bethtown Police Department, Child Protective Services and EPD were called to the child’s residence around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on a possible child abuse charge. After looking at the child and speaking to him, police moved forward with charges.

The child said Hunter hit him in the head. According to the arrest report, the child’s mother also said Hunter’s actions caused the bruising to

the boy.

Hunter also was wanted on a warrant out of Jefferson County and faces six months of jail time there, according to the bench warrant dated Nov. 7, 2012.

Hunter is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Monday in Hardin District Court.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com