Man who allegedly beat child arrested

Police who were sent to check the welfare of a small child walking down a city street Sunday night arrested a man who had allegedly whipped the child with an extension cord.

James Handley, 38, who was the alleged boyfriend of the child’s mother, told police he had whipped the boy with a belt because he had made a mess in the bathroom, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said in a court hearing Monday for Handley.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Jacqueline Stevenson, the child, a 6-year-old boy, was walking at West 6th Avenue and Cypress Street at 8:24 p.m., and told police he had run away from home because he had been whipped.

Pugh said police contacted the Department of Human Services after seeing welts on the boy’s legs and went to the child’s residence in the 1800 block of West 11th Avenue, where they located Handley.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Handley, who Pugh said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery.

In addition, Handley was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.