Man indicted for beating and forcing child to ‘ingest feces’

RICHMOND, KY — A Madison County resident has been indicted on charges of first-degree criminal abuse and being a persistent felony offender after allegedly beating a 4-year-old boy and forcing him to eat feces, reports The Richmond Register in its Saturday edition.

Craig Freeling Shearer, 30, is accused in the indictment of committing the offense between March 1 and April 10 by “intentionally beating B.S., a 4-year-old child, and forcing B.S. to ingest feces, thereby placing B.S. in a situation that may have caused him to suffer a serious physical injury and causing him torture and/or cruel punishment.”

The persistent felony offender charge stems from a 2007 conviction in Madison Circuit Court on methamphetamine possession and fourth-degree assault charges, the indictment alleges.

As a result of the persistent felony offender charge, the first-degree criminal abuse charge is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted, reports The Richmond Register.

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