JAMESTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- A Fort Campbell soldier has been charged with aggravated child abuse in Fentress County. He's accused of severely beating his 3-year-old stepson on Christmas.
Sheriff Chuck Cravens says 21-year-old Sgt. Alfred Gene Bullock was visiting his wife's parents while on leave from the 101st Airborne.
The grandparents suspected Bullock was mistreating their grandson and hid a camcorder in the child's bedroom.
According to court documents, they recorded Bullock striking the child with a belt more than 25 times.
Cravens called the recording "very hard to listen to."
Bullock had a preliminary hearing Wednesday and the case was bound over to a grand jury next week.
He is in jail on a $50,000 bond.
The child is with his mother and grandparents.
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