A Centerville man was charged after allegedly abusing his child.

39-year-old Willie Pilkington was charged with two counts of child endangerment causing injuries to the victim.

On the afternoon of May 25, the victim returned home from school and received several spankings from Pilkington who was using a belt. He continued using verbally abusive language. According to authorities, the victim testified this was not the first time this has occurred and authorities say the victim was left mentally and emotionally harmed.

Court records say Pilkington was taken into custody at the Appanoose County Jail. He was later freed after posting bond.

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