Century Man Charged With Child Abuse

June 7, 2024

A Century man was recently  charged with child abuse.

Dennis Clyde Mathis, 45, was charged with felony child abuse in a domestic violence situation.

Mathis allegedly struck the child in the left eye and right leg.  According to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report, the child had a bruise and swelling on the left and a bruise of his right front leg area that was consistent with being punched with a semi-closed fist. The incident allegedly occurred at Mathis’ home near Century.

Statements made by Mathis and the age of the child were redacted from the arrest report.

Mathis was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $10,000 bond.


12 Responses to “Century Man Charged With Child Abuse”

  1. gookle on June 10th, 2024 7:21 am

    I know a lot of them I know he a fall down drunk and drug addict I know that for sure and he always been the type to love to put his hands on people he dady was a sick old man the only one that was good out them boys was Nick he was my friend through school and middle and high then someone hummm ummm

  2. WTFdidIJustRead on June 8th, 2024 5:51 am

    RAYEG…it looks like someone a few comments down, does know the people and the child is under 10 years old. So I’m absolutely judging. There is zero excuse for punching a child, not even in his double digits, and giving him a black eye PERIOD!!

  3. RAYEG on June 8th, 2024 1:49 am

    I don’t believe you people know anything about these people, don’t judge what you don’t know……

  4. Frank Sterle Jr. on June 7th, 2024 9:03 pm

    As a moral rule, a mentally as well as physically sound future should be every child’s fundamental right — along with air, water, food and shelter — especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter.

    Even if survived, such early-life abuse left unchecked typically causes the young child’s brain to improperly develop. It can readily be the starting point of a life in which the brain uncontrollably releases potentially damaging levels of inflammatory stress hormones and chemicals, even in otherwise non-stressful daily routines.

    It can amount to non-physical-impact brain-damage abuse: It has been described as a continuous, discomforting anticipation of ‘the other shoe dropping’ and simultaneously being scared of how badly you will deal with the upsetting event, which usually never transpires.

    The lasting emotional/psychological pain throughout one’s life from such trauma is very formidable yet invisibly confined to inside one’s head. It is solitarily suffered, unlike an openly visible physical disability or condition, which tends to elicit sympathy/empathy from others.

    It can make every day a mental ordeal, unless the turmoil is prescription and/or illicitly medicated.

  5. Bonnie Exner on June 7th, 2024 6:08 pm

    I fear we will be hearing more child abuse/neglect as the summer heats up…with school being out there is no monitoring of this and children are home 24 hours a day. Frustrated Parents need to get a grip and have an alternative to release their emotions without using their family members as a punching bag..neighbors be vigilant and report child abuse/ neglect.

  6. You’re Kidding right? on June 7th, 2024 4:38 pm


    It doesn’t matter the age, you don’t blacken an eye to discipline!

  7. David on June 7th, 2024 3:52 pm

    Lol, is it OK to punch a 17 year old now? Even if they were 18, I’m pretty sure that’s still a crime. Let’s avoid the victim blaming.

    Bewildered: Do better.

  8. Anonymous on June 7th, 2024 12:30 pm

    Bewildered, just an FYI it is a child. Younger then 10 so NO it isn’t a 17 year old he is trying to keep in line.

  9. KB on June 7th, 2024 12:23 pm

    You should definitely be ashamed of yourself. You’re a big guy who does not need to be punching on children.God don’t like ugly You will one day answer for all you do!

  10. Mike Honcho on June 7th, 2024 12:09 pm

    Bewildered no need to try to be a champion for this guy he is undeserving
    No matter how you try to spin it he hit a kid

  11. Bewildered on June 7th, 2024 11:50 am

    Retired: I don’t know the people involved nor the circumstances. How do you know it was a little kid? There is a reason they don’t mention age of victim or relationship to the guy. For all we know he was trying to keep his 17 year old son in line. Everybody who is Holier than thou – obviously they never dealt with a rebellious teen who is bigger and stronger than parent and is flexing his muscles.

  12. retired on June 7th, 2024 10:38 am

    Look at me i’m a BIG man, I can beat up little kids.

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