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Mitchell man gets jail for beating child with clothes hanger

A Mitchell man received a suspended two-year prison sentence Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center.

Christopher Dreyer, 21, pleaded guilty last month to abuse or cruelty to a minor for hitting a young child with a clothes hanger.

Instead of going to state prison, he will serve 40 days in the county jail with 10 to be served immediately, 10 days in March 2014, 10 days in July 2014 and 10 days in December 2014. In lieu of the second round of 10 days, Dreyer has the option of performing community service and receiving one day of credit for every eight hours he serves.

He must pay $104 in court costs, serve three years of probation, repay court-appointed attorney fees and enroll in and complete an evaluation for counseling and aftercare. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered Dreyer arrange a referral for his counseling and medical treatment before moving to Sioux Falls. Dreyer must also use his best efforts to get his high school diploma, maintain employment or enroll in higher education, and maintain regular contact with his therapist and take all his medications.

He is also ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim and cannot care for or be in an unsupervised setting with children younger than 16.

Should he fail to abide by the sentencing conditions, the prison time could be imposed.