Sutherland Man Charged with Felony Child Abuse

Posted 6 months ago

By Scott Carlson

Kenneth McConnell

Kenneth McConnell

A Sutherland man has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies responded to Sutherland at around 4:00 p.m. on October 6th, after receiving a report of an uncontrollable juvenile.

While conducting the investigation, Deputies discovered injuries on the juvenile’s neck.  Upon further questioning, the juvenile advised Investigators that 47-year-old Kenneth McConnell had lifter her up by her jacket, causing her to have difficulty breathing.  She said McConnell then dropped her and struck her in the back of the head.

Deputies then spoke with McConnell who said the juvenile was not doing what she was told and was being disrespectful.  He said he lifted the girl up to control her.

On October 10th, after an extensive investigation, McConnell was arrested and charged with Felony Child Abuse.

He is currently free on bond.


  • sumting wong here

    See that’s whats wrong with today’s kids, You cant Discipline them and they know it.. nothing wrong w/ a quick swat on the butt, Didn’t kill me or my kids.

    Current score: 30
  • fnp

    Thats called “discipline”. Stories like this make me have a lot of disrespect for our officers who should in all reality be thanking the guy for trying to keep his child on the straight and narrow. This is why our jails are full, and the court system is over-run with uncontrolable idiot, know it all kids. And the government can hire people to fill posistions in differnt entities they create (HHS, CHP, etc..) to pry into every aspect of our lives. I for one have absolute no problem disciplining my children in public, and yes, I get alot of people who give dirty looks for making my children behave and respect other people/adults, but at least my kids wont grow up being pampered wussies.

    Current score: 25
    • ha

      yeah lets all discipline our kids by lifting them by the jacket choking them and then hit them on the back of the head

      Current score: 5
      • whaaaaa?

        Exactly. There’s disciplining your child and then there’s abuse. This man crossed the line.

        Current score: 4
        • shhh

          Nobody should comment unless they know exactly what happened. It sounds more like an accident than anything else. This guy would never intentionally hurt a child.

          Current score: 2
          • Whaaaaat?

            And yet he did!

            Current score: 0
        • granduhhma

          can’t make a judgement call on this one. I wasn’t there to see what happened.

          Current score: 0
    • Ralph Mouth

      In response to what’s wrong with the system, my son has been rude, abusive, disrespectful and is on probation, he calls me everything but a white woman. And that is okay with the state. He LIED to DCF and I was investigated for emotional abuse on him; which was found unsubstantiated.. Say what???? We are not allowed, as parents, to deal with our own children, without the state getting involved. And for all you naysayers, no I have never abused my son. I am not condoning what this father did at all. Just telling my story.

      Current score: 5
      • granduhhma

        I know exactly what you’re going through. My son did the same thing. Thank God I let it grow up to be an adult. Because now he has kids of his own and believe it or not he is a good parent.

        Current score: 0
  • SERIOUSLY?!

    Sounds like he did more than swat this girl on the butt.
    Just sayin’…

    Current score: 6
  • Just Sayin

    There is a difference between a swat on the butt and picking a child up by his/her jacket causing him/her to have difficulty breathing. But I have to wonder if this child was grabbed by the collar and she “said” she couldn’t breath. I do not know many parents who have not grabbed their child by the collar at least once. We were not there and do not know what happened…did the guy snatch the kid up and hit/kick her in the back of the head, or is the child (who was uncontrollable) just telling the police what she wanted them to hear?

    Current score: 13
  • xsmileyxfacesx

    wow. you guys really think this should be allowed?? children should never be scared for their lives or safety with their parents. If you feel you can’t breath, that’s concerning. I do believe in discipline, but there is a very fine line between that and abuse.

    Current score: 1
  • Fortherecord

    For all who are concerned with this matter,
    Let me give you a few facts before you form your opinions:
    This man has raised 5 other children, all have turned out to be respectful, responsible, and productive adults, and he is also the father of a young girl with no behavioral issues. There is no denying that these children were disciplined, and knew better then to ever disrespect or disobey to that extreme.
    The said ,”juvenile,” has been charged with three counts of uncontrollable in the past,has spent the last four days in a mental hospital, and has been diagnosed with multiple behavior disorders.
    So before you make assumptions,” Seriously,” make sure you know your facts. There is a line between abuse and discipline ,and in this scenario there is no mistaking it falls under discipline. A fifteen year old child should not be throwing tantrums to the point where she would throw her own self on the ground. I don’t know about any of you, but most of us would have gotten a lot worse than a tug on the jacket.

    sincerely,
    A very knowledgeable source.

    Current score: 42
    • whaaaaa?

      So, in the name of discipline, I can pick you up until you can’t breathe and then drop you so you hit your head?
      Good to know!

      Current score: 0
      • Keepitreal

        This child has a tendency to lie as well. Imagine a 15 year old throwing themselves on the ground in a tantrum. Do you think that same child would accept their discipline? Or try and get someone else in trouble? Sad story, this kid needs help.

        Current score: 5
      • http://www.authorcarolstaff.net Concerned About Kids!

        There is no reason at all, no matter what the age or the circumstances to lift a child up in such a way to “discipline.” Yes it has been brushed aside for far to long. Older parents, grandparents, etc need to adjust their thinking. If a child has mental issues etc that gives the OK for abuse? I think NOT! The child is not telling the truth??? Are you kidding me!!!!!! There are marks to prove he picked her up. There is a HUGE difference in keeping your child on the straight and narrow, and abusing them!!!!

        Current score: 3
        • http://www.authorcarolstaff.net September’s Child

          I have had problem children, and a son with mental illness. I never had to abuse any of them. I have 5 children as well. He stepped over the line plain and simple.

          Current score: 3
        • Uhmwhat?

          You have no idea what you are talking about! Read!!!

          Current score: 0
    • fnp

      I agree completely…and also, by picking up a child by the coat…..nearly all pressure would be placed in the armpits…not the collar as several posters have insinuated intentional “choking”.

      Current score: 6
      • Whaaaaat?

        Not if you grabbed by the neck, it wouldn’t.

        Current score: 0
  • bs

    If she has a diagnosis of multiple behavior disorders maybe this isn’t the right way to discipline? I had a child with behavioral problems and realized anything aggressive in nature like this only escalated the problem. Next time, call the authorities and let them handle it, it’s clear she’s been charged before so there is a pattern. If the Lincoln County Sheriff or local police refuse to respond then they aren’t doing their job either, however, I know they would respond. You have to maintain your own anger and control before expecting your own child to do so. It sounds like he is a good dad, however, this young girl needs more help than he can give and that in NO WAY makes him a bad parent!

    Current score: 1
  • bimbamboom

    If there is a history of this child having behavior problems then that’s more the reason to “not” put your hands on her. You do not change behavior by instilling fear. Knowing Kenny, I know he is not equipped to deal with someone who has behavioral and mental health issues. I don’t care if you think the child deserves it, you do not put your hands on a child for any reason (unless the child is in imminent danger). It is absolutely traumatic for children to be manhandled and “abused” in a physical manner. If she wasn’t obeying then that’s a child being a child. If she was trully uncontrollable then call for help, the problem is compounded if you think violence is the answer. We don’t live in a time where we parent with ignorance. There are resources out there for parents that need help in dealing with the tougher issues families may go through. As for the other people supporting this type of behavior intervention, I suggest you all educate yourselves on this topic and utilize the resources that can teach you a thing or two before you end up in the same position that Kenny has put himself in.

    Current score: 1
  • sumting wong here

    IDK Todays kids are so diffrent thn they were even a few yrs ago,Grabbing a kid by the jacket might have been his last resort on keeping his other kids safe, Is it ok, No, was it dont to harm the kid I don’t believe so, r ember a lot of those kids a few towns away have been threw abuse that wasnt caused by there parents, praying for this family that they can get things right and be ok,,some are still trying to get to a point where they can live with what happened to them,

    Current score: 0
  • **look**

    Plus it’s a she said he said situation. Kids these days no they can make up crazy stories and it will be believed because everyone is so concerned with child abuse. Yes there is a difference between abuse and discipline. But this girl probably knows how to work the system figuring she has had so many uncontrollable convictions. They should have arrested her and maybe her little fits would stop and she’d realize life isn’t so bad. That it’s time to start acting like an adult.

    Current score: 1
  • **look**

    **know

    Current score: 0
  • rowdy1

    Rereading the story, she didn’t call the cops, nor did she report what had gone on. The cops noticed the marks and asked her what had gone on, and kenny backed up her story. Maybe he should of just hugged her, as in straight jacket type hug, rather than picking her up. The cops were called on an uncontrollable child. Could also be that he held her by the jacket, to prevent her from hurting herself.

    Current score: 5
  • ok?

    kids these days get away with way to much! That’s why most are mouthy and disrespectful! Kids need a goo ass whooping sometimes but laws favor kids and basically not being able to touch them. It’s gonna come back and bite Americans in the ass one of these days if laws don’t change kids are just going to get worse

    Current score: 4
    • HereWeGo

      Too Late, Kids Already Think They Run The World. Sadly, They’re Right. Parents Are No Longer Able To Patent, The Government Does It For Us. Makes Sense As To Why some Parents Give Up And Let Their Kids Run Around Town all Night, They Try Keeping them In And Disciplining Them For Being PaSt Curfew And Kids Cry Abuse And Act Up.

      Current score: 3
    • bimbamboom

      Just curious, where does “ass whooping” come in when dealing with an unruly, defiant or difficult child? In the grown up world “ass whooping” falls under the assaultive behavior category. Of course the law will be taking the child’s side when it comes to abuse allegations. The parent’s should be the ones to rise above the juvenile banter and be able to control themselves physically and emotionally. Every allegation should be reported, if no crime has been committed then there is nothing for the alleged perpetrator to worry about. What really scares me is the potential amount of parents (God forbid you two have children) out there that may think like HereWeGo and ok? The parenting ship for these kids sailed way before this incident. These types of situations don’t creep up out of nowhere. On a sarcastic note, after knowing Kenny for a long time I’m surprised he doesn’t know how to relate and deescalate a teenagers behavior considering he’s been frequenting high school parties since at least the mid 90′s.

      Current score: 0
  • blahblah

    You all should think about what you say before you say it. You have no idea how this happened or let a lone what happened. Everybody is quick to judge and I hope for your sake you are never in this kind of situation. After 11 years of being her dad and 7 other children, know he’s arrested. I know for a fact what happened, and you people are not judge, jury or trial. Remember it is supposed to be INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!!!!!!!

    Current score: 2
  • Fortherecord

    For those of you too ignorant to look at yourselves and personal behaviors before judging an innocent man, i say this; Have you ever spanked your child? Have you ever put soap in their mouth? have you ever hit their hand hard enough to leave it red? If you have answered yes to any of these three questions you, yourselves, are guilty of child abuse as stated by the legal definition. Lets say you asked your 15 year old child do a simple chore and they blatantly defied you and proceeded to throw themselves into a tantrum, and this same child had just experienced this same kind of fit a day prior that resulted in her shoving her younger brother down i flight of VERY steep stairs to leave him with a swollen nose and cuts on his hands? Would you just say,”no sweetie stop.”? No i think not. This man did what most parents would do giving the situation.
    Lets clear some things up; Why in the world would a man who knowingly just “abused,” his child call the cops himself? Wouldn’t you say that if he was in the wrong the cops would be the last people he would want on the scene?
    To clear up something else, the juvenile was not lifted off the ground by her sweatshirt, she was not suspended in the air by any means, if it was hurting her that bad all she would have had do was stand up, straighten her legs and stand up. If I for one was being kept from breathing and all i had to do to stop it was straighten my legs, that would be my first reaction Second, if a child is throwing a tantrum it would physically be hard to keep them in control and to not let your grip slip resulting in you to drop them, am i right?
    This family is wonderful, and instead of being ignorant and nasty to them only because they were caught in the crossfire of a misunderstanding by simply disciplining their own children in a way that most others would as well, try to show a little support and compassion. I’m all for preventing child abuse, but in this case I think the child has done more damage than the parents, and any individual who knows the entire situation would not hesitate to agree.

    Current score: 5
    • bimbamboom

      Put soap in a child’s mouth or spank them? As a parent I do not use corporal punishment as a way to curve behavior. Statistics show that it is not an affective way to alter behavior on a consistent basis. For those of you who have not gone to school for behavioral and criminal justice related careers please do your research, educate yourselves and look outside what has been done to you. I would never ask anything out of anybody else without holding myself to the same standard. I have three children and I can say I would be a failure as a parent if I had a hand in my children growing up to be little menaces. There are no bad kids out there, just bad parents. I understand children may have mental health issues and behavioral issues, if the parent (Kenny, John or Jane Doe) is not equipped to deal with them then get HELP! To get help during the crisis and wonder why nothing works is like wanting to empty a lake with a coffee cup and wonder why you’re not getting anywhere. Get an assessment, on going care and support and do something different. Not everybody has the answers, God forbid I’m in this situation, you’re absolutely correct I’ll be reaching out for help. Please stop arguing and justifying any type of abuse. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out this family needs help. Does Kenny need to be going through the criminal justice system in order for them to get help? Maybe, hopefully no matter what comes out of this everyone will get the help they need so they can move forward as a family.

      Current score: 1
  • blahblah

    Well for everyone to see, since the news is not going to put anything about it. The charges against him are not getting charged. There is no case anymore. See if you would have known the whole story, you would have known that what happened was not felony child abuse, or child abuse at all. Good thing is that the truth always comes out.

    Current score: 2