SHAWNEETOWN, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois man is suspected of beating his 4-year-old stepson's head against a desk and using duct tape to bind the boy because he wouldn't stop sucking his bottom lip.
The 22-year-old man was arrested last week in Gallatin County and jailed, pending the filing of formal charges. The status of those charges wasn't clear Monday.
Authorities say the man was watching the boy when the abuse happened Dec. 20 at a Shawneetown home.
Investigators say the stepfather slammed the child's head repeatedly against a desk, then went to his truck for duct tape he used to tape the boy's mouth shut and to bind the child's arms and legs together.
The boy's mother had the child treated at a hospital when she returned home.
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