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Augusta Man Bruises Stepkids with Belt-Beatings


An Augusta man was charged Friday with first-degree child cruelty after beating his stepchildren with a belt and leaving bruises, according to a report.

The beatings by 32-year-old DeJesus Gardner were discovered when officials at Langford Middle School found his 13-year-old stepdaughter crying in a restroom last Thursday. The girl said her stepdad had beaten her in the back, arms and legs with a belt causing bruising as well as open wounds, according to a sheriff’s report.

School officials brought the girl’s sister into the office, and she said Gardner hit her with the belt across her arms too.

“(She) stated that Gardner became angry because of something on or about Facebook when he hit them with the belt,” the sheriff’s report says. “(She) stated that Gardner also hit her younger brother and younger sister.”

During the beatings, Gardner forced the 13-year-old girl to take off her clothes. The stepdaughter said she removed her shirt and had it hanging around her left arm when Gardner struck her two more times with the belt, a report says.

A sheriff’s deputy observed bruises on the arms of the older 14-year-old sister and the bruises and cuts on the younger girl’s arms, hands, legs and back. The Department of Family and Children Services was notified and responded to the school.

Gardner, of the 2000 block of Willhaven Drive,  was arrested Friday and remained in jail Monday under no bond. The sheriff’s report does not mention where the children’s mother was during the beatings.




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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


    • So true how could someone beat children like that if it was so bad then if any punishment should have been given to the children it should have been by their mother and not by this low-down-dirty ungrateful animal of a so called stepfather. A nasty bastard! He’s not a man he’s a monster who need to be locked and beaten everyday just like he beat the mess out of those poor helpless children. By the way, why haven’t the children”s mother hasn’t commented on her children’s awful beatings. Where was she at that time? and why didn’t her children tell her what this bastard hat did too them? Do you think that she’s on the stepfather’s side and those poor children knows that mom will go alone with stepdad and not protect them? Maybe that’s why the little girl was crying in the bathroom so that she and her brother and sister could finally get some help. Wonder how long have the beatings been going on and now his a@# just went a little to far and finally got caught. I HOPE HE NEVER GETS OUT AND IF THE MOTHER FAILED TO GET RID OF THIS MAN BECAUSE SHE KNOWS OF HIS ABUSE THEN SHE NEEDS TO JOIN HIM AT IN JAIL ASAP!!! BUT WHO KNOWS SHE MIGHT BE A VICTIM AND IS SCARED OF HIM HERSELF!! IF SO, THEN SHE TOO CAN AND NEEDS TO GET SOME HELP FOR HER AND HER CHILDREN. MY PRAYERS AND HEART GOES OUT TO ONLY THESE INNOCENT CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHER TOO.

      • I am the the real father, and her mother have been keeping her away from me for 7 years. Last I saw her she was 6yrs old. She moved with that man from Chicago to another state and gave me no address or phone # to reach them. I have just been able to see her because this happened. God will deal with them accordingly. My daughter is know safe. I will never let her out my arm reach again.

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