Man Accused Of Abusing 3 Year-Old With Belt

A 27 year-old father has been charged with abusing his 3 year-old son with a belt.  The alleged incident happened over the Christmas holidays while the suspect was living at a home near Benson.

Shaquan Deshon Branch, who now resides in Clayton, was arrested Wednesday by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

According to investigators, Branch allegedly used a belt and struck his son across the back, arms and legs.

Branch was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and released on a $1,500 bond.  The Department of Social Services is also assisting with the case.