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A Livingston County man has been charged with abusing a child after allegedly beating the boy several times a week.

James Cassity of Chillicothe, Missouri, was approached by investigators on May 3 after reports of child abuse were brought to the attention of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

A 13-year-old boy told investigators that the man had often come home drunk, and during the incident in question, Cassity had hit the boy and headbutted him, leaving a knot on the child’s head and bruises on his arms, according to court documents.

Cassity told investigators he had headbutted the child during an argument, and another adult at the home told investigators the same story, the documents said.

Cassity currently has a $15,000 all-cash bond set and is not to have contact with the alleged victim.

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