by Kaylin Jorge
MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WZTV) — A man is behind bars after authorities say video shows the suspect kicking and slapping a 6-year-old child.
And this isn't the first time the boy has been abused. When the victim was an infant, he was also abused by a man who is now behind bars, his mother tells FOX 17 News.
Randy Dickens is jailed on a child abuse/neglect charge.
Wilson County, Tennessee deputies responded to a home in reference to child abuse/neglect on Sunday.
The child's mom told officers she had video evidence showing her ex-husband striking the little boy with an open hand multiple times and kicked him in the abdomen.
Deputies watched the video and saw Dickens abusing the child, even shoving him to the ground at one point. The child then tried to get away, retreating to his room, where Dickens is accused of following the boy and kicking him again.
Dickens wasn't home at the time deputies were called to the incident and refused to return to the residence. The suspect later turned himself in early Monday morning.
Two rifles were also seized from the scene due to the nature of the crime and deputies reached out to the Department of Children's Services.