Court: Man batters teen for 'not doing dishes correctly'

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 13, 2014 

Brandon Wallis

A man acquitted of child cruelty in May faces family violence charges again after he allegedly shoved a 13-year-old girl into the sink for not doing the dishes correctly, according to court testimony.

Brandon Wallis, 31, faced one charge of aggravated stalking and two charges of simple battery during the Monday morning hearing. His aggravated stalking charge was later dropped.

The officer told the court that on Dec. 12 Wallis was at a relative's home. During the visit, he allegedly became enraged that a 13-year-old was doing dishes "the wrong way." He reportedly shoved the victim against the sink by her throat.

A 28-year-old man at the residence tried to break up the incident. Wallis then allegedly shoved him to the floor, the officer said.

According to police reports, no lasting injuries were noted at the time of the incident. Wallis was arrested on warrant Sunday.

A 32-year-old woman with a stay-away order against Wallis dropped the aggravated stalking charge during the Monday hearing. Judge Michael Cielinski set a $2,000 bond for the two remaining charges.

Wallis was arrested in September 2012 after his then 6-year-old daughter showed severe bruising on her thigh, back and buttocks.

He was charged with first degree child cruelty and accused of causing the injuries with a belt after his daughter came home with a "red note" signifying misconduct in class. Wallis allegedly made the girl stand in the corner, and when she came out three times, he spanked her with a belt.

Wallis was acquitted of his charges in May 2013.

His defense attorneys argued that the girl had a thyroid condition that caused her to bruise easily. Wallis coached for the Pioneer Little League at the time. According to court testimony, she had been playing on a rocky slope with other children during a practice session. That slope could have caused some of her bruising, he said.

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