Mount Hope Man Charged With Beating Stepdaughter

OAK HILL– Fayette County deputies said a man was arrested after he beat up his stepdaughter and caused extensive injuries.

Joshua Emmanuel Petite, 31, of Mount Hope is charged with child abuse resulting in injury, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said on Jan. 11 a student at Oak Hill High School disclosed to a school counselor and to the School Resource Officer at Oak Hill High School, Sergeant J.R. McMullen of the Sheriff’s Office, that she had been physically abused and beaten by her stepfather two days previously.

School officials notified Child Protective Services and the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau of the allegations and they started an investigation.

The child and other children in the home were interviewed at the Just For Kids Inc. Child and Youth Advocacy Center in Oak Hill. During this interview, the child provided a detailed disclosure of the physical abuse, deputies said.

Forensic personnel from the sheriff’s office were also called to take photographs of the extensive injuries sustained by the child. CPS arranged for safe placement of the child during the investigation. After deputies conducted interviews with the child’s mother and stepfather and consulted with the Fayette County prosecutor, detectives filed a criminal complaint charging Petite.

Petite was arrested at his residence Wednesday without incident. He was arraigned in Fayette County Magistrate Court and released on a $10,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation.

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