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Mitchell man charged with child abuse for spanking 3-year-old, leaving bruise

The Davison County Public Safety Center. (Republic file photo)

A Mitchell man is accused of child abuse after spanking a 3-year-old child and leaving bruising.

Richard Lalonde, 21, allegedly told police he was caring for two children on the night of Nov. 27 and spanked a 3-year-old because the child took off a pull-up and got out of bed, according to court documents.

He spanked the child three times on the bottom, and "felt remorse for spanking the child too hard causing the redness," according to court documents.

The next day, the 3-year-old had a large bruise and was seen by a local doctor.

Lalonde was charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor less than 7 years old, a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine.