A Tuscaloosa County man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly punished his 8-year-old son by shooting his buttocks with a BB gun.
A school official at Lakeview Elementary School contacted officials after the boy reported the abuse last week, said Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. John Barker.
The child had several marks on his buttocks and upper thighs, he said. Some of the BBs had broken his skin.
Sheriff Ted Sexton arrested Lewis Terrence Brown Jr., 28, on Wednesday and charged him with torture and willful abuse of a child. He was released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $15,000 bail.
Investigators discovered that Lewis used an Airsoft gun that fires plastic BBs, Barker said. He had used the gun occasionally to punish his son.
“This is clearly willful abuse in my opinion. I appreciate the partnership between the county school system, DHR and the Sheriff's Office to bring this case forward for prosecution” said Sheriff Ted Sexton.