A 40-year-old Racine man faces a felony charge of physical abuse of a child after a school staff member noticed injuries on the child Monday.

The man, who is not being identified to protect the victim’s identity, made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

The felony charge carries a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison. Because the alleged offense occurred with a dangerous weapon, the prison term may be increased by five years. The defendant also faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct with the use of a dangerous weapon, which carries a fine of $1,000 and nine months in jail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police spoke with a teacher at a Racine elementary school, who observed a bump with some bruising and an abrasion above the child’s left eye and onto his eyelid. The child stated the defendant tripped him on purpose, which made him fall and then stabbed him on the bottom of his foot with a pair of scissors.

The child further stated the defendant locked him in the basement and made him stand in a corner and not go to sleep. The child told police he was stabbed in the foot as punishment from last Friday for chasing other children at school with a pair of scissors. The man allegedly told the child: “This is what you get for being bad.”

The school nurse told police the child had a half-inch puncture/incision on the bottom of his foot, as well as a laceration on his chin that had scabbed over.

Police spoke with the defendant, who denied he had caused the child’s injuries.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. May 31 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac.


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