Cantonment Man Charged With Two Counts Of Child Abuse

August 9, 2018

Kenneth Dale Elder, Jr., age 46, has been charged with two felony counts  child abuse.

Elder told two children within his household that they could go outside to a pool and swim, but he warned them not to get dirt in the pool, according to an arrest report.

He then called the children back inside, according to a witness, and began yelling very loudly at them. The witness told deputies that both children returned outside crying with red marks on their faces, and one had red marks on his chest.

The arrest report states that both children said Elder hit them in the face.

Further details, include the age of the children, were redacted from the arrest report.

Elder remained in the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $6,000.

Comments

24 Responses to “Cantonment Man Charged With Two Counts Of Child Abuse”

  1. Duns Megus on August 11th, 2018 10:06 am

    The Court of Public Opinion usually has idiots for jurors.

  2. Sunny on August 10th, 2018 5:02 pm

    If this really happened (slap to the face) most likely out of anger. Because the children did not obey the fact of not getting dirt in the pool. But doesn’t give the right to slap in the face. Had he slapped them on the rear, where you’re supposed to spank, he would have been charged with sexual assault. I take it that these children are not his but were in his household as the story goes.

    Children know the laws too and sometimes will try to get people in trouble.

    I don’t know these people, but more to the story. I can say that my neighbor came over and disagreed with me on something then hit me with a limb. But really they didn’t hit me. It’s all about me lying and getting away with it.

    @ Dante – I’m with you on this one.

  3. Dante Labeaux on August 10th, 2018 10:46 am

    This is all the manipulation and lies of a very disturbed 16 year old girl. This witness is herself on probation and wearing an ankle bracelet. She is very angry and knew just how to take advantage of an all ready overzealous system routinely ruins people’s lives based on just the day so of questionable so called witness just to find out later there was never any real grounds for the actions they took. When the truth comes out I hope this will be cleared up with as much publicity as it is falsely accused.

  4. bill on August 10th, 2018 9:56 am

    i agree something aint right sounds fishy. this girlfriend is trying to bury him hmmm lets get all the fact first and tjhen we will see what really happend

  5. becky on August 9th, 2018 10:25 pm

    Nothing more loathsome that someone abusing a child. I will keep these children in my prayers. May God lead them to a loving home.

  6. RD on August 9th, 2018 9:51 pm

    SwaagyDoug, I am hoping that is sarcasm.

  7. SwaagyDoug on August 9th, 2018 9:08 pm

    He deserves death penalty

  8. Saunya tipton on August 9th, 2018 7:31 pm

    Ok so before y’all start pointing fingers at the girl friend y’all might want to get the story first because she was at work when this happened she wasn’t the one that called the cops on him so how about get the facts first before saying stuff about innocent people

  9. Nikki on August 9th, 2018 7:01 pm

    @right up the road from this guy….
    I know that’s right I actually can’t stand more than half the people my own age. No I don’t agree with the face part but really it’s just another story that is one sided instead of further detail. I spank my kids and they know how to push your buttons my boy is old enough to know right from wrong and when he’s wrong he gets corrected and when he does something bad he gets a spanking. Parents need to be consistent and not give up so easily and leave the grandparents to pick up their slack. But you see a lot of that today. I just guess I’m an old soul trapped in a young body. I don’t know what the future hold for my children but I know I’ll look back and say I did a dang good job parenting.

  10. Back in the day on August 9th, 2018 6:59 pm

    Dang, my parents would have been under the jail back in the day by today’s standards. If you spoke disrespectfully, you got smacked across the face. If we used foul language, our mouths were washed out with soap. We learned to mind our manners and do as we were told. As a result, the youths back then were a lot more respectful of adults and authority than today’s coddled, everyone gets a trophy youths of today.

  11. Just a samaritan on August 9th, 2018 4:25 pm

    Remember people that we are all human, you do not know how you will react to anything until it happens to you. At no moment is it ok to hit your children other than in the rear end. Yes its true that you can barely discipline anymore, but you dont know what is going on in this house. He could be an abuser and play it off like its nothing, and no one speak out about it (IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME). Before you go pointing fingers at the “girlfriend”, question whether you truly know someone until you live with them.

  12. Stephen on August 9th, 2018 2:06 pm

    I hope I get picked for his trial.

  13. Mary Adams Purse on August 9th, 2018 12:57 pm

    Striking in face is completely acceptable under law. I always got slapped and “popped” in my mouth right after I said a curse word or something smart. I got red marks, bruises, and a beet red behind. It made me respect elders and authority and follow the rules and law. I feared my parents and grandparents. It kept me in line and I follow the rules now as an adult. Now, if the injuries were extremely severe to the child’s face, then we might have a crime but if it’s just red marks, sounds fishy and a over reach of law.

  14. JACKIE WILSON on August 9th, 2018 11:26 am

    When you strike your child in the face it is child abuse it is NOT A SPANKING.

  15. Right up the road from this guy on August 9th, 2018 10:46 am

    Nikki your so right and the spanking is what made me respect my elders that was older than me

  16. Right up the road from this guy on August 9th, 2018 10:45 am

    There’s more to the story being said sounds to me the girlfriend making stuff up cause I’ve know his family for 40 years he isn’t going to just beat up on kids and this generations of kid use the law calling crap to there advantage and that makes them very disrespect there elders it sure isn’t like the day I was a teenager and I 45

  17. My2Cents on August 9th, 2018 10:19 am

    Discipline is a spanking NOT hitting them on their faces and chest. That is crossing the line. You can still discipline your kids.

  18. bartender on August 9th, 2018 9:53 am

    really,a whippen for getting dirt in a pool.what would he have done id they got dirt in his house? a spankin is ok but not in the face or chest for anything.

  19. Carly on August 9th, 2018 9:21 am

    Never, ever ok to hit in the face. It is disrespectful and only done out of anger. It is not done in the hopes of changing the behavior. Spankings are for the rear end!

  20. Grand Locust on August 9th, 2018 9:07 am

    Pool filter?

  21. naturalist on August 9th, 2018 9:07 am

    Pools are overrated. Too much up-keep. Go swim in the river or ocean – we have both here.

  22. come on on August 9th, 2018 8:43 am

    I have known this guy since middle school there is something not right here. Not defending this action just saying something doesnt sound right . Nosiey neighbor. Over zelouse CPS officer something .this is the same guy who I have seen how much he cares for his own children . so you all be very careful about throwing rocks this could be one of you in that picture now adays .

  23. amclemore on August 9th, 2018 8:40 am

    There is a difference between discipline and abuse. A child should NEVER be struck in the face for discipline. I am all for discipline and sometimes a spanking is needed. I believe more parents should find ways to discipline but striking a child in the face is not it.

  24. Nikki on August 9th, 2018 8:01 am

    I’m not siding with this man. You literally cannot discipline your kids anymore without someone freaking out. When I was a kid I got spankings and had marks. Not bruised or bleeding but he’s red marks. I still believe in spankings. But don’t beat your kids.





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