Deputy Alton Walter of The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and charged with False Imprisonment and Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree. He faces the two felonies, after handcuffing a 12-year-old child to a basketball goal and beating him, sending him to the hospital with injuries.

The mother of the child said he was making some new friends and staying out a bit later, so she was mildly concerned. To help try to keep her son on the right path, a family friend suggested having a deputy they knew come over and talk to the child.

“I refuse to let the streets have my baby,” the concerned mother told WRDW.

The boy’s mother was at work on Tuesday evening when she received a call from Walter asking if it was okay to stop by for the talk.  Believing her son would be safe in the hands of an officer, she accepted the offer.  She claims she could never have expected what happened next.

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