DFCS investigation leads to abuse, drug arrest

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By Patrick Yost, Editor

A Madison man faces drug and child cruelty charges after a Morgan County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) investigator went to the man’s Seven Island Road residence regarding child abuse complaints. 

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, Curtis Leon Bolden, 45, has been charged with cruelty to children, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The DFCS worker initially went to the residence on Dec. 5 to investigate allegations of child cruelty. 

While there, reports state, Bolden allegedly held a belt in his hand and yelled at the juvenile that he would “whip him with the belt and he did not give a (expletive) if the police where there.”

The following day, reports state, the juvenile told authorities that the man head butted him, causing bruising on both eyes. 

The juvenile also sent pictures of belt marks across his legs to another relative who relayed the pictures to authorities.

While at the residence speaking with relatives, reports state, Bolden arrived and officers performed a search of his vehicle and allegedly found a small pouch containing suspected methamphetamine in the car. 

Bolden told officers while he was being handcuffed that he “felt like he was going to faint and fell to the ground.” Bolden was examined by EMS workers and was transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.

During a search of the residence officers allegedly found two firearms. Bolden is a convicted felon on state probation.

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