A man was charged with two felonies after he struck his children repeatedly — most recently for not bringing enough Halloween candy to him, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Brian Blair, 33, of Racine was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with child abuse and possession of cocaine. If convicted of both charges, Blair faces up to 17 years six months in prison and/or fines up to $20,000.

According to the complaint, Blair’s daughters walked to their grandmother’s home and told her that Blair struck both girls repeatedly. One of them was beaten for not getting enough Halloween candy. The woman told police she learned that Blair had beaten the girls since he was released from prison. While the girls were at her house, Blair had called her numerous times telling her that he would beat the girls again when they got home.

When officers from the Racine Police Department apprehended Blair at his home, they found 3.5 grams of cocaine in his pocket.

Blair is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.