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Court case continued for father who attacked man

Nelson McCullough (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Nelson McCullough (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro man accused of attacking a man who hit a child was back in court Monday charged with second degree battery and endangering the welfare of a minor first degree.

According to the Craighead County Prosecutor's Office, Nelson McCullough's case was continued until April 27.

Jonesboro Police say around 12:30pm on May 5, 2011, 64-year-old Jethro Clark was turning onto Labaume Street when a 1 ½ –year-old boy who walked into his path. Police say the child's father, 24-year-old Nelson McCullough, then attacked Clark hitting him multiple times in the face after his child was struck.

McCullough then grabbed his child and went to the hospital. According to the report, a witness told police that McCullough was standing in the roadway with his, "pants down to his knees, flipping off someone, with his back to his child." The witness said while McCullough was doing this his child walked into the southbound lane of Labaume, where he was hit by Clark.

McCullough was arrested and charged with second degree battery and endangering the welfare of a minor first degree. Both are felonies. Clark was not charged in the incident.

According to the child's mother; Shrieka Jones, the boy was sent to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis with a broken pelvis. Clark was taken to St. Bernards, bleeding from his mouth and face. Both are back home.

McCullough pleaded not guilty and a judge set his bond at $75,000. He's set to be back in court on March 12, 2012.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you the latest updates as they become available.

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