Man accused of whipping boy’s genitals convicted

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — An
Austell man accused of whipping a toddler in his groin out of
frustration with potty training has been convicted of first degree child
cruelty.

Cobb County District Attorney's spokeswoman Kim Isaza
says 31-year-old Andrew Charles Pride is scheduled to be sentenced
Thursday morning in Cobb County Superior Court.

Officials say
Pride whipped a 22-month old boy multiple times in his groin because he
wouldn't use the toilet in August 2012. Authorities say the beating
caused bleeding and welts.

Prosecutors say a jury was unable to
render a verdict on a second charge that accused Pride of trying to
convince an older child to tell investigators they — not pride — had
caused the toddler's injuries.

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