A Lauderdale County man has been indicted after authorities said he whipped his young daughter so hard with a paddle it left severe bruising on the child.
Reports indicate Danny Joe Carroll, 30, Lauderdale 14, Florence, is charged with child abuse.
Carroll was indicted during the recently concluded session of the Lauderdale County grand jury.
The case was investigated by One Place of the Shoals, the area’s family justice center.
Lauderdale County sheriff’s investigator Matt Horton, who is assigned to One Place, said once the investigation was concluded, the case was turned over to the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office to be presented to the grand jury.
According to the indictment, Carroll “beat his 5-year-old daughter with a paddle, leaving excessive bruising on the child.”
Authorities said the bruising was “severe.”
Reports indicate the incident occurred in September.
Officials said the child abuse allegations were reported by the school system.
Horton said the school system officials apparently contacted officials with the Lauderdale County Department of Human Resources, who in turn contacted One Place. He said Lauderdale DHR still is involved with the child’s supervision.
Carroll was arrested Nov. 9 after he was indicted. He is out of jail on bail totaling $5,000.
Child abuse is a Class C felony, which is punishable by 1-10 years in prison.
Carroll is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Jan. 4 by Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Gil Self.
Court officials said the case is likely to be place on a criminal trial docket for the summer.