CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A 43-year old man was arrested by law enforcement in Cheyenne on the allegation that he intentionally struck a child in the face.
According to paperwork from Laramie County Circuit Court, Mac Reynolds was arrested by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department and now faces a felony charge of Child Abuse.
A sworn affidavit of probable cause filed in the case says that on January 30th, 2021, deputies with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, otherwise known as the LCSO, were dispatched to a residence to investigate a report of child abuse.
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A reporting party told authorities that they had left their child with Reynolds on January 28th for an estimated eight hours while they went to work, court papers state.
According to court papers, the child was reported as being under the age of six years old.
The reporting parent alleged to LCSO deputies that they noticed bruising and bright red marks on the child’s face the next day, January 29th. When asked, the child is reported to have stated to their parent that Reynolds had hit their face and spanked them.
According to the affidavit, the reporting parent stated to law enforcement that they confronted Reynolds about the allegations during a phone call. The parent advised deputies that Reynolds admitted to them that he had struck their child.
Deputies were supplied screenshots of text communications between the reporting parent and Reynolds. Court documents reveal that the reporting parent sent pictures of the child’s bruised face to Reynolds. Court documents state that Reynolds responded to the pictures by saying “I have no words to express my sorrow for this.”
Authorities were also given photos that were taken of the child’s face on January 29th. LCSO deputies report observing a purple-colored bruise on the child’s face as well as a bright red mark on the photographs given to them.
On January 30th, court paperwork states that deputies took photos of the child’s face which they say also showed bruising on the child’s face.
In a later interview with authorities, the child stated that Reynolds had smacked their face because he was “frustrated” with them.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, investigators spoke with Reynolds on February 22nd at the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department. During the interview deputies report that Reynolds stated he had accidentally struck the child with the back of his hand. Deputies go on to say that Reynolds told them the incident happened while the child was having a temper tantrum.
In the interview, the suspect stated that he did not notice any injuries to the child at the time, but wanted to take them to the emergency room. Court papers state that the suspect told investigators that “on a scale of one-to-ten that he believes he accidentally struck the child with a one.”
In the affidavit, deputies state that Reynolds did not tell the parent about the incident when they returned home from work on the evening of January 28th. They say Reynolds only told them about it when they called to confront him about it the next day.
Reynolds made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court on February 24th, 2021 to have the recommended charge of Child Abuse read to him by Judge Williams.
If convicted, Reynolds could face up to a maximum of 10 years in prison and or a fine of up to $10,000, according to Wyoming statutes.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.
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