Man charged in puppy's death now accused of battering 4-year-old boy

Boy's father: Son's bottom blood blistered

GREENCASTLE, Ind. - A Greencastle man accused of beating a puppy to death is back behind bars facing unrelated charges for battery of a child.

Kenneth J. Collins, 24, is accused of repeatedly spanking the 4-year-old son of an acquaintance, leaving marks on the boy's bottom.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the boy, his mother, Collins, Collins' girlfriend and other children were all at a friend's apartment when Collins spanked the boy after the child refused to pick up his toys.

The boy's mother told police that her son started kicking and screaming after the first spanking, then Collins picked him up by the ankle and held him upside down while continuing to spank him.

The boy continued to scream and cry, and Collins took him to another room, pulled down the boy's pants and spanked his bare bottom, according to court documents.

Collins told police that the boy's mother gave him permission to spank the boy after she asked him to pick up the toys and he refused.

Collins told police the mother said, "Will somebody please deal with him and if you need to, whip his (expletive)," and told him a second time that it was OK to hit her son.

The mother told police she followed Collins and her son to the room and told Collins to stop hitting her son, but Collins said the mother stopped at the door and watched without saying anything.

The boy's mom told investigators that she told Collins punishing her son was one thing, but he should not have pulled his pants down to do so.

The mother called the boy's father to pick him up from the apartment because he was being bad and a man by the name of Kenny spanked him, according to court documents.

Police said the boy's father, Chris Scott, picked him up from the apartment and took him to the police station to file a report, and the boy still had marks on his behind from the spanking almost two hours after the incident.

"A 6-inch area by 6-inch area, black and blue," Scott said. "I mean, his entire butt cheek was black and blue and blood blistered. It was awful."

At the time of the alleged spanking incident, Collins was out on bond from an August arrest related to animal cruelty charges, police said.

Collins is accused of beating his girlfriend's puppy to death because it was chewing on his shoes.

Neighbors called police because they heard the puppy yelp, and police found the dead puppy wrapped in a blanket when they arrived, according to court documents.

Collins told police that he punched the dog once in the stomach and that afterward the dog had trouble breathing and was bleeding from the mouth.

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