WORTHINGTON, W.Va. — A man has been charged after striking two children with a belt at a Worthington residence.
On Apr. 11, Troopers with the Bridgeport detachment of the West Virginia State Police received a report of an individual injuring two children with a belt, according to a criminal complaint.
During the incident, Christopher Watkins, 27, of Worthington, struck a 5-year-old boy “with a belt causing a large bruise on the victim’s hamstring,” troopers said.
Watkins also struck a 3-year-old girl “with a belt causing belt shaped bruises on her hip,” according to the complaint.
When deputies spoke to the victims, both children “stated that they were struck with a belt” by Watkins, troopers said.
Watkins has been charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in injury. He is currently out on bond.