Newberry man arrested for child abuse


NEWBERRY, Fla. – Michael Anthony Beasley, Jr., 37, of Newberry, was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of child abuse and one count of aggravated child abuse.

Two children were interviewed by the Child Protection Team after one child told an adult at Oak View Middle School that he had been beaten with an extension cord; the child reportedly had significant markings that corroborated the story. A second child reportedly denied being beaten but also had red swollen abrasions, similar to those on the body of the first child.

Post Miranda, Beasley reportedly confessed to hitting the children with an extension cord because they had misbehaved; he also reportedly admitted that he punched the first child.

Beasley has no local criminal history; bail information is unavailable.

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  • That’s taking discipline a bit too far.
    Maybe the school district could implement something of the sort but with less severity in an attempt to correct the behavioral issues occuring.
    He had the right idea, wrong implementation and application.

    • The school did not beat the child, this man that got arrested did it. The child reported it to the school. Thank God he did!! So glad the school listened and took action. So glad the child had the courage to speak up.

  • Maybe, if parents of the other group of kids that love shooting up schools disciplined their kids this way we wouldn’t have all these little domestic terrorist in their parent’s garage or basement coming up with their manifesto preparing for a school shooting. I’m glad the kids reported it though, because child abuse is a no go!

    • True that! We should be able to spot them earlier now, look for the ones who don’t know whether they’re boys or girls.

  • When I was in grade school back in the 50’s to 60’s there wasn’t nearly the level of juvenile crime as today.
    One reason was there a dad in the home. Both my brother and I would be paddled for stupid behavior. Some of my buddies would have to pick out a stick off the tree to get swatted.
    There is no discipline now in the home and we’re seeing the results.

  • He never did none of this and never confessed to anything stop spreading lies

  • First of all been a black man and raising a son to be man I don’t think that the government have any rights to tell a father how to raise his son the Bible says you spare the rod you spore the child.

    You don’t know if that child has mental problems

    • Spare us…no one should whip a child with a piece of wire.

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