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Mardela Springs Man Arrested for Child Abuse

Posted: Updated: Nov 19, 2012 10:04 AM EST
Ernest W. Adkins Jr. Ernest W. Adkins Jr.

MARDELA SPRINGS, Md.- A Mardela Springs man is behind bars following accusations that he physically abused his teenage son during a dispute.

Ernest W. Adkins Jr., 40, is charged with two counts of second-degree child abuse, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, contribute to condition of a child and threat of arson.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said Adkins' arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred Tuesday, Oct. 9, at a home on the 7000 block of Baptist Church Road in Mardela Springs. According to police, Adkins physically assaulted his 15-year-old son during an argument. Adkins is also alleged to have thrown the teen into a wall and onto the floor. Authorities said that while holding his son down, Adkins pulled out an electric razor and tried to forcibly cut his son's hair.

Police said the investigating deputy signs of injury on Adkins' son that corroborated the allegations made against him. 

Police said Adkins also reportedly told his son that if the boy ever returned to the house in Salisbury where he liked to hang out, he would burn that house down and kill everyone there.

Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, Adkins was released on $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, in the District Court for Wicomico County.

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