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Hawkins father accused of beating 4-year-old with belt, leaving him alone

March 12th, 2012 8:56 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins father accused of beating 4-year-old with belt, leaving him alone


CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man is facing child abuse and child neglect charges for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son with a belt for wetting himself, and then leaving the child at his mother’s house while no one was home.

Sunday evening, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jimmy “Weston” Wallen, 24, 365 Cobb Road, Surgoinsville, after they tracked him to his mother’s house in the Bloomingdale community of Sullivan County.

Deputies stated they found Wallen hiding in a dog house in his mother’s back yard.

Church Hill police charged Wallen with child neglect after he allegedly dropped his son off at his mother’s house on Virginia Street on Feb. 27 while no one was home.

A witness told Church Hill Police Department Officer Bryan Pellegrino that a white Dodge Dakota with a black fender on the passenger side let the child out of the pickup and left.

The witness said the driver, identified as Wallen, never exited the truck and didn’t check to see if anyone was home.

The child had reportedly spent the previous week with his father.

A neighbor stayed with the child until his uncle happened to pass by walking home from a ball game at Volunteer High School.

The boy’s mother told HCSO Detective Chris Price she later discovered “large red marks and bruising” on the child’s buttocks and thighs.

“She stated (the boy) told her his father had whipped him because he had peed on himself,” Price stated in his report.

The boy was treated and released at the Holston Valley Medical Center emergency room.

Following his arrest, Wallen allegedly gave deputies a statement he had whipped the boy with a leather belt and later observed “marks” on his son’s buttocks.

“During our conversation Wallen stated he had whipped him due to him peeing on himself several times,” Price stated in his report. “At the point he whipped (the boy) he stated that (the boy) had just peed on himself and his butt was naked. He also told me he shouldn’t have done it.”

Wallen was released from the Hawkins County jail on $5,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on March 28.

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