Blaine man arrested for allegedly spanking and bruising child


A Blaine man was arrested October 28 after he allegedly spanked a child for over 30 minutes as discipline causing extensive bruising.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) spokesperson Deb Slater told The Northern Light in an email that around 7 p.m. October 28 WCSO deputies responded to the 1300 block of H Street Road to reports of child abuse. The victim’s parent presented deputies with photos showing extensive bruising of the juvenile victim, whom the man knew. 

Deputies contacted the man, who admitted to spanking the child for a prolonged period as discipline. The man said he stopped when the child complied with his wishes and stopped screaming, Slater said. 

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a witness said the man spanked the child over their pants five times in succession and then another six times before taking the child into another room and spanking them for an estimated 30 minutes. 

The man was arrested for second-degree assault of a child and booked into Whatcom County Jail. He was released October 31 after meeting his set $10,000 appearance bond. He has an arraignment scheduled in Whatcom County Superior Court for 8:30 a.m. November 18.


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