Augusta man in court facing child cruelty charges

Roderick P. Jones (WRDW-TV)
Roderick P. Jones (WRDW-TV)
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An Augusta man pleaded not guilty to child cruelty charges on Thursday.

The indictment claims Roderick Jones turned on the water in a bath tub and placed a 2-year-old inside, threatening to drown him.

According to the indictment, Jones also caused the child "cruel and excessive physical and mental pain" by beating him with a belt.

Jones was initially charged with attempted murder, but that charge has been dropped.

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