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Mitchell man arrested for child abuse, driving under influence

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A Mitchell man is facing child abuse and driving under the influence charges after allegedly drinking for "three days straight."

Kenneth Lyon, 44, was recently charged with driving under the influence and child abuse after police were dispatched on July 22 to the west boat ramp in Mitchell for a possible drunk driver.

Located in a small tree grove, officers found Lyon, who had "severely slurred speech, red bloodshot eyes and could not walk on his own or sit up without swaying back and forth," court documents state.

Bystanders informed law enforcement that Lyon had assaulted a victim who was under 18 years old. Witnesses told officers that Lyon had allegedly been consuming only alcohol for three days straight, and was attempting to back his boat trailer into the dock. He was unsuccessful several times, and the victim attempted to remove the keys from the vehicle to keep Lyon from driving, according to court documents.

Lyon then exited the vehicle and wrapped the victim "into a bear hug" and tripped the victim backward onto a cement surface. Lyon landed on top of the victim.

Bystanders began to yell at Lyon, who allegedly walked into the tree grove until law enforcement arrived.

Lyon was charged with driving under the influence, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and child abuse, a Class 4 felony. A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine, while a a Class 4 felony is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment in the state penitentiary and up to $20,000 fine.

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