Man arrested after alleged beating of stepson


Reported injuries to a child Friday resulted in the arrest of the boy’s stepfather who allegedly beat him with a belt and switch, causing bruises to a large part of the boy’s body.

After a court hearing Monday, Cedric Felps, 28, will have to post a $10,000 bond to be released from the adult detention center while prosecutors prepare felony charges against him.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Felps with second-degree battery.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to the 1700 block of West 29th Avenue where they found the boy, who had bruises and abrasions to his body, neck, back face and thighs.

Detective Michael Roberts reported that the boy said his mother, who was initially arrested but released pending further investigation, did nothing to stop the beating and in fact encouraged it.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Felps to have no contact with the boy until the case is settled, and to come back to court May 21 at 9 a.m.