Huntington man pleads guilty to spanking toddler too hard

Tom Reeves (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Tom Reeves (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington man is leaving his fate in a judge's hands after pleading guilty without a deal Thursday to spanking a toddler too hard.

District Judge Paul White has ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Tom Clay Reeves, 24.

Reeves was arrested in June after 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.

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