BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A Bakersfield man accused of using zip ties and string to hold his young son has failed to deny two crimes.
33-year-old William Davis did not plead for willful cruelty to a child and a battery with serious bodily harm, according to court records on Thursday. Five other charges, including torture, were dismissed.
MPs were sent to Davis ‘home on 100 Block on Beardsley Avenue on June 23 after neighbors reported Davis’ then 7-year-old son fell outside. They said the boy hopped around with his hands and wrists tied.
MPs freed the boy after finding him tied up with cable ties according to court records. Investigators found evidence that Davis routinely used cable ties to hold the boy down and leave him home alone when Davis went to work or bought marijuana.
Davis also hit the child with some sort of string several times, investigators said in the documents. The boy had scars on his thighs and scars and cuts on his ankles and wrists.
The sentencing is scheduled for June 15.