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Columbus man faces child battery charge


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A southeast Bartholomew County man has been arrested on battery charges involving a 9-year-old boy.

Joseph M. Hawk, 38, of 2687 S. County Road 525E, Columbus, was arrested Sunday on a charge of battery resulting in bodily injury on a child younger than 14.

The incident took place late Sunday morning in Hawk’s home, located north of Ceraland Park, said Chief Deputy Maj. Todd Noblitt of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

After a family member called police, Deputy Will Kinman arrived and discovered the boy had suffered swelling to the face, Noblitt said. The testimony of family members convinced Kinman he had probable cause to think Hawk had struck the child with his hand, Noblitt said.

“This wasn’t discipline. This was battery,” Noblitt said.

Although Hawk is married, his booking report states he has no dependents. Noblitt said he did not know if the boy was Hawk’s child.

The boy did not require medical attention, Noblitt said.

After Kinman arrived, Hawk locked himself inside a bedroom and refused Kinman’s demands to speak to him, Noblitt said.

Following lengthy pleas by the deputy, Hawk finally walked out of the bedroom but refused to say a word while he was being placed under arrest, Noblitt said.

Hawk was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 1:54 p.m. Sunday. As of late Monday afternoon, Hawk was still behind bars in lieu of a $10,000 surety bond or $1,000 cash.

If convicted of the Class D felony battery charge, Hawk could receive six months to three years behind bars and a fine of up to $10,000. However, formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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