Possible Sexual Assault
A deputy was dispatched to Monarch School on Thursday afternoon to meet with the school nurse who said she was advised by a teacher that a 6-year-old student was complaining of pain in her bottom area and was having difficulty sitting. The nurse said she became concerned when the child described an incident of an older boy touching her inappropriately. The incident report states the nurse told the deputy the child’s groin area was was very red and irritated.
The Department of Social Services was contacted to assist in the interview of the child. The report states while speaking with the child the deputy learned she had been assaulted several years before by a neighborhood boy when her family was living in another county.
Before the child was released from school, the deputy met with her mother who confirmed her daughter had been sexually assaulted several years before while they were living in another county. The report states the mother said she would take her daughter to the doctor that evening. It states she said she also had some paperwork showing where her daughter had received medical attention and counseling.
The matter was turned over to an investigator and DSS was advised of all the information related to the case and will be conducting its own follow-up.
Alleged Child Abuse
Deputies were dispatched to Buffalo Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon in response to report of alleged child abuse. When they arrived they met with a school official and a DSS worker and learned the 5-year-old victim had a burn on his left upper arm. The child told the school official his father had pushed him into a heater. When asked if his father had meant to do it, the child said he had.
The incident report states deputies spoke with the boy’s siblings who did not indicate receving any kind of abuse from their parents. The deputies also spoke with the mother who was signing the children out and she said she did not know of any injuries the child might have received that morning.
The DSS officer told the woman that he and a deputy needed to go to her home and do a safety check. The report states they found the residence to be extremely filthy with used diapers on the bedroom floor along with clothes, papers and other items. It states that in the kitchen there was old food on the stove and in the refrigerator there was ruined hamburger meat.
Based on this, it was determined the children should be taken out of the home because of the poor living conditions. The children were take into emergency protective custody by DSS. The matter is still under investigation.
Whether you use your hand or a piece of pipe, if you hit someone you’re going to jail.
Punched In The Nose
Christopher Lee Rhinehart, 23, 227 Haas St., Union, is charged by the sheriff’s office with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
The incident report states deputies were dispatched to a residence at 210 Bobo St. early Friday morning in response to an assault. They were told by the victim Rhinehart came to his residence and hit him in the nose. The report states a witness confirmed the victim’s account of the incident. EMS was called to the residence but the victim was not transported to the hospital.
Rhinehart was located by deputies, taken into custody and transported to the Union County Jail.
In a separate incident that occurred earlier in the week, Rhinehart is charged by the sheriff’s office with petit larceny and assault and battery. The offense report states Rhinehart struck a woman on the back of her head several times and took a cell phone from her.
Hit With A Pipe
Teddy Bruce Mull, 46, 220 Eaves Road, Whitmire, is charged by the sheriff’s office with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
Deputies were dispatched to 229 Eaves Road in response to a 911 call from the resident who said the victim had come to her house covered in blood saying Mull had hit him in the face with a pipe. The incident report states when deputies arrived they found the victim sitting in the driveway bleeding from his nose and mouth.
The report states the victim told deputies he and Mull had been arguing in the kitchen at Mull’s when Mull hit him in the face with a pipe. He then ran to the neighbor’s house to call 911.
When questioned by deputies, the report states Mull denied hitting the victim and claimed the victim had hit him. Deputies, however, could find no signs of injuries on Mull but found blood on the kitchen floor. Mull was arrested and transported to jail.