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Orangeburg man accused of striking child with belt
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Orangeburg man accused of striking child with belt


Orangeburg County

Sheriff’s Office

An Orangeburg man is accused of striking a 4-year-old eight to 10 times with a belt, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant.

Timothy Christopher Etheridge, 28, of North Road, is charged with unlawful neglect toward a child.

He allegedly confessed to striking the child multiple times with a belt, according to a warrant.

The warrant accuses him of injuring the child’s buttocks, hip and leg with the belt.

Personnel at the child’s school submitted a report after noticing bruises on the child.

A S.C. Department of Social Services case worker contacted the child’s parents.

While the case worker and deputy were at the scene, Etheridge allegedly stated that he “chastises” the child whenever the child does something wrong.

He told officials that he’d recently spanked the child with a belt for misbehaving in school, the incident report states.

If convicted of unlawful conduct toward a child, Etheridge faces a court-imposed fine, up to 10 years in prison or both.

In other reports:

• Someone stole two gas-powered golf carts from a Chokeberry Circle residence in Eutawville.

A neighbor called deputies after hearing a loud noise at the home at 10 a.m. Thursday.

When the neighbor checked on the property, he noticed the lock to the double-door garage was broken.

Upon closer inspection, the neighbor noticed the two gas-powered golf carts were also missing. One of the golf carts is Clemson orange.

They are equipped with speakers and rims.

The golf carts are valued at $10,000.

• An Orangeburg man called deputies on Thursday afternoon after his son was bitten by a dog while trick-or-treating on Fairway Drive, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The man told deputies he just wants the homeowner to pay for his son’s medical expenses.

Deputies contacted the homeowner.

She told them that she was not passing out candy on Thursday night and her yard light was off.

She said her son opened the front door and her dog ran out of the house because children were yelling, the report said.

The report said she agreed to pay for the medical bills of the injured boy.

The deputy reported the incident to Orangeburg County Animal Control.



of Public Safety

A Norway man reported Thursday that someone stole his dark-green Buick Century while he was in a Columbia-area jail for a few days, according to an ODPS incident report.

He told officers he’d parked his vehicle near the Orangeburg County Courthouse on Gibson Street on Oct. 23. He reported to the courthouse for a scheduled court appearance.

During his court appearance, officers with the S.C. Department of Pardon, Probation and Parole transported him to a Columbia-area jail.

The man remained in jail until Oct. 28 and was provided a bus ticket to get back to Orangeburg.

He arrived in Orangeburg around 9 p.m. and then walked six hours to his home in Norway, he said.

A neighbor called him to let him know that he’d just been by the courthouse and didn’t see the Buick.

That’s when the man decided to report his missing vehicle.

He said that his debit card may have been in the vehicle. He also stated that he couldn’t check the balance because someone changed the PIN number.

An officer asked the man the name of his bank, but the man didn’t know, the report states.

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