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Man allegedly hits child with beer can at Rogersville park

July 10th, 2014 1:39 pm by Jeff Bobo

Man allegedly hits child with beer can at Rogersville park

Donnie Joe Bledsoe

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of hitting an 11-year-old girl with a beer can at the Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration Saturday will appear in court Aug. 20 on charges of assault and public intoxication.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Det. Cliff Evans stated in his report that the alleged incident occurred Saturday around 9:30 p.m. at the Rogersville City Park while Evans was he was assisting with crowd control.

A woman reportedly told Evans that she was watching the concert with her 11-year-old daughter when a man later identified as Donnie Joe Bledsoe, 27, 2120 Rt. 70-N, Eidson, threw an partially full beer can on the ground near them.
The mother stated that the beer can bounced off the ground and struck her daughter on the hand, splashing beer on the child.

The child wasn't injured.

Evans said that when he spoke to Bledsoe about the incident, Bledsoe appeared to be "extremely intoxicated" with slurred speech, red watery eyes, and an odor of alcohol about his person.

Bledsoe was released on $1,500 bond Sunday, and was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.
An Aug. 20 trial date was set in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

At the time of his arrest Saturday Bledsoe was free on bond from a domestic assault charge which took place in April.
As part of an agreement with the victim and attorney general's office, Bledsoe is scheduled for a six month revue on Nov. 17 in Sessions Court.

If there have been no further problems as of that review the domestic assault charge will be dismissed.

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