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Crime and Courts

Sep 2, 2011 5:31 PM by Erin Yeykal

Bozeman man charged with assault for spanking 4-year-old

A Bozeman man is behind bars accused of using excessive force to spank his 4-year-old son.

Bozeman police responded to the man's residence on Thursday for a report of a family disturbance. When they got there, a woman told them that her husband had spanked their son and he had bruising from "left side, all the way to the right side," court documents state. An officer said he observed excessive bruising on the 4-year-old's buttocks that was beyond normal discipline for a child.

Mark Hutchison, 38, told police he put the child over his knee, pinned his arms and spanked him until his hand hurt, court documents state. Hutchison reportedly told police he spanked the child out of anger and admitted he used too much strength.

He was charged with assault on a minor and is being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center.

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