Belt Used in the Spanking of a 4 Year Old

Authorities say they’ve charged a Mason City man who used a belt to spank a 4-year-old child.

Hancock County Court records say 33-year-old Charles Pennington is charged with felony child endangerment resulting in injury. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

A criminal complaint says an investigation began in March after officials were notified about severe bruising on the boy’s buttocks, lower back and upper legs. Other children in the household told investigators the child was beaten with the belt for “getting in trouble.”

Pennington’s next court date is scheduled for June 14.