A 37-year-old man pleaded not guilty to second-degree child assault today, after he allegedly abused his four-year-old daughter by striking her with his belt and putting her in a cold bath for about half an hour.
According to charging papers:
Marcellus Noelval White hit the girl with his belt multiple times Sunday after she threw away her dinner, and he put her in the cold water to calm her down and make the injuries less visible.
The child was shivering when she got out of the bath.
Her mother told officers she saw White hit the girl about seven times with the belt.