RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A Jackson County man is facing a criminal charge for allegedly abusing a young boy.
Michael A. Parsons Sr., 60, of Ripley, is charged with child abuse resulting in injury.
An elementary school counselor called the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Wednesday. A deputy visited the school and spoke with a counselor and principal who said a student told them he was physically abused by the suspect.
The boy said Parsons beat him with a belt, back scratcher and shoehorn. He also said the suspect "chokes him around the neck and pushes him against the wall."
According to a criminal complaint, the child said the suspect told him not to tell anyone at school.
The deputy then spoke with a Child Protective Services caseworker who said she was aware of the abuse claims, "which included being struck with a back scratcher causing a black eye," the complaint states.
That caseworker told the deputy that she planned to try to talk to the victim's sibling that afternoon.
Both the deputy and caseworker spoke with the sibling on Thursday, who they said appeared "sad and afraid." The sibling was shaking and crying and admitted to being scared of the suspect. While the sibling did not allege abuse, the sibling did report seeing the suspect abuse other family members, including the victim.
Parsons is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.