Saturday, July 11, 2009

James Anthony Acres Arrested for Beating & Burning Two Children

An Oneida man faces two counts of aggravated child abuse after allegedly returning two children left in his care beaten and burned.

Scott County authorities say James Anthony Acres, 27, deliberately burned a 22-month-old boy and beat a 6-year-old boy with mental and physical disabilities to the point of brain damage.

The boys' mother left them in Acres' care Tuesday, Scott County Sheriff's Department Detective Ricky Jeffers wrote in an arrest warrant. She returned to pick them up and found the 22-month-old with second- and third-degree burns on his face, back, arms and legs, according to the warrant. Court records describe the abuse as "torture."

The 6-year-old had "visible injuries" to his face, chin, arm and foot. A hospital visit revealed a head injury, internal bleeding and a brain contusion, the warrant states.

Acres became "agitated, defensive and aggressive," when questioned about the injuries and told inconsistent, illogical stories about how they happened, authorities said. Deputies arrested Acres on Thursday. A judge set his bond at $1 million.

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