Police: Man charged with child abuse after ‘jacking up' 11-year-old

Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.

A Gainesville man with a history of battery convictions has been charged with child abuse after police say he admitted to “jacking up” an 11-year-old boy, resulting in bruises still visible to officers three days later.

Eddie Jackson Jr., 31, of 3504 SW 30th Terrace, Apt. 31C, was arrested Thursday in connection with the alleged abuse.

The child was staying with Jackson on July 23, the Gainesville Police Department reported, when during a phone call with the boy’s mother she became alarmed by what she could hear of Jackson complaining about the 11-year-old being disobedient and disrespectful. The child’s mother then decided to drive from Georgia to Gainesville to retrieve her son, police reported.

The mother arrived in Gainesville after 11 p.m. and drove her son home. It was not until the next morning that she noticed bruises on her son and called the police.

The victim told police and his mother that he had asked Jackson’s girlfriend on July 23 for something to eat. But when he told her he didn’t like the food options she listed, she told Jackson the child was being disrespectful, police reported.

Jackson then punched the child, slapped him in the face and strangled him to the point he could not breathe, police said. Jackson also picked the child up by his neck and held him against the wall, police reported, and struck him on the face and shoulder with a belt.

The child was left with visible bruising to his left eye, right cheek, behind his left ear and on his shoulder and neck, police reported on July 26.

After his arrest, Jackson said he had “jacked up” the child by his shirt collar because he was disrespectful to his girlfriend and struck him twice on the legs with a leather belt, police reported. Jackson said the marks on the child’s ear and neck area were from being jacked up, police said. He also denied strangling or hitting the child in the face, police reported, suggesting the child might have hit himself.

Jackson has prior convictions in Florida and Georgia for battery and is on probation for domestic battery in Gainesville, police reported. After his arrest, Jackson was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $5,000 bond.

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