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 Darrin Ingraham

Darrin Ingraham

A Stafford County man is facing two felony charges after being accused of beating a 6-year-old boy so badly with a belt that the child ended up in a hospital.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court, the beating occurred Thursday at the suspect’s home in southern Stafford.

Stafford Detective Michelle Gibbons wrote that she went to Stafford Hospital that day in response to a report of suspected child abuse.

The child had numerous wounds on his back, ears and arms, the affidavit states, and bruising on both of his eyes.

The boy’s mother told Gibbons that she was at work Thursday when she got a call from the suspect, who told her he had spanked the boy after picking him up from the YMCA.

The boy had gotten into trouble there, the mother was told, and the boy had bruising from the spanking.

The mother became upset and began questioning the suspect, the affidavit states. She was told that a black leather belt had been used to administer the beating, and she demanded to see pictures of the boy’s injuries.

After receiving a picture, the mother rushed home and took the child to the hospital, and the Sheriff’s Office was called.

Child Protective Services was also contacted, and the next day, Darrin Ingraham was arrested and charged with child cruelty and malicious wounding. He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Gibbons wrote that Ingraham admitted spanking the boy, but would not give her permission to take the belt.

A search warrant was obtained giving police permission to seize the belt for evidence.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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