Sioux Falls man indicted on child abuse for spanking with spoon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man accused of spanking a child with a soup spoon has been indicted on child abuse charges.

The Argus Leader reports the 36-year-old man is charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor, a felony. An affidavit in support of a search warrant shows that an 8-year-old child told her mother that she was spanked twice with the spoon. The mother observed bruising on the child’s buttocks.

The suspect allegedly told the child she would get a phone if she didn’t tell her mother. The child was 7 years old at the time of the alleged abuse in September. She told investigators the spanking “hurt so bad” she thought she was going to throw up.