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.