Coach charged with first-degree child cruelty

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 20, 2012 

— A coach from Pioneer Little League was arrested Monday on accusations he beat a 6-year-old girl severely, leaving bruises to her thigh, back and buttocks.

Brandon J. Wallis, 29, faces one count of first-degree child cruelty. He was arrested about a week after the girl’s injuries were first reported to a local doctor, reports state.

According to police, the girl was taken Sept. 10 to a pediatrician, where Columbus police learned about the allegations. “The allegation was (Wallis) whipped her too hard and left some bruises,” Lt. Bruce Whitehead said. “They were to the extent that we considered child abuse first-degree.”

Whitehead said the girl is “fine” and with her mother.

Wallis has since made bond, Muscogee County Jail records state.

According to state law, someone convicted of first-degree child cruelty faces five to 20 years in prison.

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service