Police arrest two in alleged child abuse case

A man and woman were arrested Sunday after a police investigation into alleged child abuse.

Stacy McBride, 37, and Judy Dixon, 31, allegedly beat Dixon’s 7-year-old son with an electrical cord, Detective Cassandra McAfee said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the alleged injuries were discovered when a relative was getting the boy ready for a birthday party and noticed bruises, whips and lacerations to the boy’s back, legs, arms and buttocks.

According to the affidavit, McBride and Dixon denied using an electrical cord to “discipline” the boy, telling police they had “used a belt.”

Kizer said McBride had no prior convictions or pending charges, but Dixon had previously been convicted of domestic battery in 2001, and the Arkansas Crime Information Center showed a second charge in Lonoke County in 2008, but no disposition was listed.

The Department of Human Services was called and took custody of the boy, the affidavit said.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set bond at $10,000 each for McBride and Dixon after rulingthat prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with second-degree domestic battery.

Bridgforth also ordered McBride and Dixon to have no contact with the child until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent McBride and Dixon.