Radcliff father arrested on charge of child abuse

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2-year-old sustained bruising to the back, buttocks and legs

By Sarah Bennett

A 21-year-old Radcliff father was arrested Monday morning after police say he inflicted abuse on his 2-year-old child, causing bruising to the toddler’s body.

Ethan W. Stenhouse is charged with first-degree criminal abuse. Jail records indicate he was released Tuesday from Hardin County Detention Center after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 partially secured bond.

Bryce Shumate, public information officer for Radcliff police, said the child’s mother reported the injuries to the police department.

“We would have to have the evidence available to us in order to make an arrest,” he said.

The child was with Stenhouse April 14 for a scheduled weekend visit, Shumate said. Upon returning to the mother, the child had bruising to the lower back, buttocks and legs.

During an interview with police, Stenhouse said he spanked the 2-year-old with his open hand, Shumate said.

The investigation is ongoing, he said. Stenhouse is scheduled to appear May 21 in Hardin District Court for a preliminary hearing.

First-degree criminal abuse is a Class C felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison upon conviction.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.