Infant abused, father jailed

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An Andalusia man was arrested Monday after confessing to abusing his 2-month-old daughter.

The alleged abuse was discovered by the child’s mother, said Andalusia Police Department investigator, Cody Warren.

“The mother noticed the child had suspicious bruising, so she took the child to a local pediatrician,” Warren said. “The doctor’s office referred the case to (the Department of Human Re-sources), who in turn, contacted us. We brought Mr. Barton in for an interview, and he admitted to it.”

Arrested was Charles Michael Barton, 19, on one count of torture/willful abuse of a child. Barton was booked into the Covington County Jail and is being held on a $150,000 bond.

“It’s tough to see cases like this where not only is the victim a child, but that also the person responsible is the child’s father,” Warren said.

No further details about the case were released, as it remains under investigation.