UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.
The alleged child victim of a Clay Twp. police officer arrested for domestic violence had severe bruising on the face caused by an open-handed slap, according to court records.
Martin D. Stringfellow was alleged to have hit the child on May 8 at a home in Brookville, according to court documents filed in the western division of Montgomery County Municipal Court.
A school counselor told police that a child at first denied how the injury occurred but later said the striking happened after getting out of bed during the night to get a stuffed animal out of the closet, according to a complaint and affidavit.
The complaint said the child was spanked on the butt and slapped in the face. Stringfellow told a Children Service Bureau case worker that he did spank the child three or four times and then accidentally hit the child’s face. Old bruises were found on the child’s behind, according to the complaint.
Stringfellow told police he and his live-in girlfriend put the child to bed at 9:30 p.m. and returned at 10 p.m. to find the minor in a closet and got reasoning as to why.
Stringfellow told the officer on May 9 that the child was resisting and moved around and that’s when the accidental slap happened, the affidavit said. Stringfellow also told the officer he was too emotional to complete a written statement that day.
Written statements from Stringfellow and his girlfriend were received by email, according to the complaint. On Wednesday, Brookville officers received notice from the city prosecutor to proceed with a domestic violence charge.
Clay Twp. police Chief John Van Gundy brought Stringfellow to Brookville police so Stringfellow could surrender. Stringfellow turned in his Glock with three magazines and four rounds of .45 caliber ammunition.
A message left with the law firm representing Stringfellow was not returned.
ORIGINAL MAY 17 REPORT
The Clay Twp. police officer accused of domestic violence against a child pleaded not guilty Thursday in Montgomery County’s Western Division Municipal Court.
Martin D. Stringfellow, 47, was released from custody after appearing via video for an arraignment, according to court officials. A pretrial conference is scheduled for June 4.
Stringfellow was arrested Wednesday by Brookville police officers and booked into the Montgomery County Jail after a weeklong investigation, according to Brookville police records.
A Brookville officer was dispatched to an elementary school on May 9 to assist the Children Service Bureau with a case of possible child abuse and spoke to the school’s principal, according to records.