Thomasville man charged with child abuse

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Stephen Austin Batten (Mugshot provided by: Davidson County Sheriff's Office)

Stephen Austin Batten (Mugshot provided by: Davidson County Sheriff's Office)

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A Thomasville man has been arrested on an accusation that he physically hurt a child.

According to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, 23-year-old Stephen Austin Batten was arrested Tuesday after deputies received a report of possible child abuse.

Deputies say they found Batten “caused physical injury” to a child. He is charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

The suspect was arrested and given an unsecured bond of $50,000. He has a court date set for Sept. 23 in Lexington.