A Houston man is held in the Texas County Jail on charges he severely beat a 3-year-old Houston girl.
Authorities said they arrested Franklin R. Pearson, 19, of 614 N. Second St., on June 30 on child abuse charges following an incident that occurred June 12. Bond was set at $250,000.
According to police he was arrested in connection with the beating of the child who was later treated at Texas County Memorial Hospital. The girl’s left eye was severely bruised and swollen shut. She also had bruising on her forehead, behind her right ear and on the back of her neck at the hairline.
The child was later transferred to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis for further examination.
Pearson underwent a polygraph examination June 25 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He was arrested June 30.