A Washington County man is being charged with several felonies after he allegedly abused his girlfriend’s young son over the past year.

Timothy Ligue, 27, of Irondale, is charged with seven counts of the class D felony of abuse or neglect of child.

According to courts documents obtained from the Washington County Prosecutor's Office, between Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 10 of this year, Ligue was in a relationship with the victim’s mother. According to the report, a Children’s Division hotline call was received on the boy and his siblings in January of 2018.

The child was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center. The child said Ligue would make him do push-ups as punishment. He also said if he wasn’t doing the push-ups right Ligue would kick him on his side in the chest area.

The boy also told the caseworker that Ligue would put him in a chokehold and hold him there until he passed out. The child added Ligue would also punch him in the stomach and that he smacked him on the head causing his face to hit the wall, making his mouth bleed.

The boy told the caseworker that the abuse happened on more than one occasion. In April, the boy told a teacher at school that Ligue had held his face in a creek. He also told his grandma about the creek incident and that Ligue had bit his ear as a form of punishment.

The boy also told the caseworker with the Children’s Advocacy Center that Ligue had pinched him the groin area “very hard.”

Ligue is being held in the Washington County Jail on a $75,000 bond and upon his release he is not have any contact with anyone under the age of 17 years old.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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