HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Huntington Police Department arrested a 24-year-old man Monday in connection to allegations that he spanked a 1-year-old boy that he had been babysitting hard enough to leave a hand-shaped bruise on his bottom.
Tom Clay Reeves, of Huntington, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child -reckless bodily injury. No bail has been set at this time.
According to the arrest affidavit, employees with Another Pumpkin Patch Day Care made the initial outcry to Child Protective Services on May 22 after they discovered a large, hand-shaped bruise on the child's bottom. The CPS officials took pictures of the toddler's injury and contacted the Huntington Police Department.
An investigator went to talk to the 1-year-old's mother at her home on Gipson Street on May 28. When the investigator told the mother about the call HPD had received from CPS about her son, she explained that on May 21, she was at work when she received a phone call from Reeves, who had been babysitting her son.
The mother told the investigator that she asked Reeves if the situation was serious enough for her to come home from work. He said yes, and when she got home, Reeves told her that her son had been acting up, and he had gotten aggravated and spanked the child hard enough to leave a bruise on his bottom, the affidavit stated.
At that point, the mother told Reeves that he needed to leave her house and find somewhere else to stay. Bobby Epperly, the chief of the Huntington Police Department, said Reeves had been staying at the family's house in Huntington.