Man caught on camera hitting, kicking 6-year-old child; charged with child abuse

Posted at 5:31 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 21:44:32-04

MT. JULIET, Tenn. — A Tennessee man was charged with child abuse after he was caught on camera hitting and kicking a 6-year-old child.

Wilson County deputies responded to the report of child abuse at a home on the 3800 Block of Nonaville Road.

The woman told them that her ex-husband, later identified as Randy Dickens, had hit her 6-year-old son in the face with an open hand multiple times and kicked him in the abdomen area. Deputies also watched a video of Dickens hitting the child in the face with an open hand and shove him to the ground.

WARNING: This video is graphic in nature.

The video also showed the child run into a room to hide in the corner from Dickens who entered the room behind him. That's when he, once again, hit the boy in the face with an open hand and kicked him in the abdomen area.

On September 30, deputies obtained warrants charging Dickens with child abuse and neglect. They also seized two rifles from the home due to the nature of the incident.

The child was transported by Wilson Emergency Management Agency to a hospital. A DCS referral was also made.

Dickens turned himself in at 2:10 a.m. Monday and was released after posting his $7,500 bond.