January 22, 2012

Michael Hansley - Jailed After Striking Toddler, So He Wouldn't Be Arrested For Hitting Mother

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Jacksonville, N.C. (The Weekly Vice) - Michael Hansley, a 21-year-old North Carolina man was jailed Wednesday after he allegedly slapped his girlfriend's 21-month-old child so he wouldn't get arrested for beating his girlfriend.

According to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, Hansley and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kristyn Smith, were unloading groceries when the pair began arguing over a cell phone call that Smith had received from another male.

As the argument progressed, Hansley retaliated by striking Smith's toddler child in the face.

Smith took the child to Carolina East Medical center and told health care workers that her child had been assaulted by a daycare worker. Hospital staff called police.

In the investigation that followed, Smith was forced to change her story when detectives pressed her for information about which daycare worker assaulted her child. Hansley eventually admitted to striking the child in a fit of anger.

Hansley told detectives that he struck the child because he had previously been arrested for assaulting a woman, and knew there would be greater consequences if he was arrested on the same charge a second time.

In North Carolina, a charge of assault on a female for a defendant with a prior conviction may be punishable by up to 75 days in jail.

Hansley was booked into jail and charged with child abuse, assault on a child under 12 and contributing to a juvenile being abused. His bond has been set at $7,500.

Smith was booked into jail and charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. Her bond has been set at $2,500.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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