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Columbia County: Father Gives Son Black Eye for Not Sleeping


A local father is accused of bruising both of his child’s eyes at a Harlem residence after the child refused to go to sleep, authorities said.

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Jovan Coney, 29, was charged Thursday with battery under the Family Violence Act, and he was booked into the Columbia County Jail, according to authorities.

One of the suspect’s friends notified authorities that Coney and his son were staying with him in Harlem. The man noticed the Coney’s 4-year-old son had “several bruises under both eyes,” a sheriff’s report says.

The family friend asked the boy what happened to his face, and the child said that his dad had struck him in the face with his hand.

Jovan ConeyThe friend called the sheriff’s office, leading to an investigation. Deputies observed several bruises under each of the boy’s eyes and one under his left ear.

Authorities say their investigation shows the bruises were caused when Coney became upset that the boy was refusing to go to sleep.


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.


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