Ypsilanti man faces child abuse charges
An Ypsilanti man accused of beating two juvenile relatives as a means of discipline remains jailed on a $50,000 cash or surety bond, jail officials said Thursday afternoon.
Charles Earl Chism, 34, was arraigned Wednesday at the Washtenaw County Jail on charges of third-degree child abuse and fourth-degree child abuse.
Ypsilanti police said Chism punched a boy in the back of the head and hit him several times in the chest Sunday at a home on Washtenaw Avenue. Chism also is accused of hitting a girl several times with a belt in the torso and buttocks roughly two weeks ago, leaving welts, police said.
Both children are under the age of 12. Chism is on probation after being convicted last fall of fourth-degree child abuse.
He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 21 for a preliminary hearing.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.