MUNCIE, Ind. — Two Muncie men were arrested Sunday after they, in unrelated incidents, were accused of battering children.
Terry Lee Wills, 34, of the 2700 block of South Mulberry Street, was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. on preliminary charges of domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury to a person under the age of 14.
A woman said after she found Wills standing over a child in their home’s laundry room and observed marks on the pre-teen boy, Wills “began swinging on her, striking her in her left cheek.”
The woman she became “enraged” after seeing the marks on the child, and “proceeded to fight back.”
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The youth said during a disagreement over laundry, Wills grabbed the child’s arm and also forced his leg down on the boy’s head.
Wills was convicted of child molesting in 2006, and also has convictions for battery and failure to register as a sex or violent offender.
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Earlier on Sunday, about 1:40 p.m., William Leonard Wright, 42, of the 1100 block of East Willard Street, was arrested on preliminary counts of battery resulting in bodily injury to a person under the age of 14, and neglect of a dependent.
Authorities said a five-year-old girl had a bruised and swollen left eye, and indicated Wright had inflicted the injury.
That girl and another child said Wright repeatedly struck her with a sandal.
She was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where physicians also observed swelling above the child’s right eye, and a bruise on her left arm.
Wright was the target of a warrant issued in Delaware Circuit Court 5, where he was charged last August with intimidation, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and theft.
The warrant was issued in November after the Muncie man failed to show up for an initial hearing.
Wright has been convicted of disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended.
Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.