Man arrested for allegedly beating child

A reported domestic disturbance involving a child Tuesday night resulted in the arrest of a man who was allegedly beating the child to “potty train him.”

Tamarius Thomas, 29, was taken into custody after police were sent to a room at 2100 E. Harding Ave., at 9 p.m., Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable cause affidavit.

Oswalt reported that Officer Ryan Edwards meet with a female who said Thomas, her boyfriend, was beating her 2-year-old son.

Edwards reported that when he approached the room, he heard a male voice later identified as Thomas say “stick out your hand.” Edwards said he then heard a loud smack.

In the affidavit, Oswalt said Edwards entered the room and saw multiple “whelps” on the child’s arms and legs that were bleeding slightly, and a large abrasion on the child’s left buttock.

Edwards also reported seeing “multiple wooden switches” in the room.

The child was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, and was turned over to the state Department of Human Services, the affidavit said.

Thomas allegedly admitted striking the child to “potty train him,” but denied any knowledge of the bruise on the boy’s buttock.

In court Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Thomas is currently on parole.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Thomas after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second-degree domestic battery.

Kearney also ordered Thomas to have no contact with the child or his mother until the case is settled.