Dad pleads to slugging son for refusing soda

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By Damon Lawrence

Brent I. Litton, the father accused of punching his 6-year-old son in the face for not drinking soda, pleaded guilty to domestic assault in Roane County General Sessions Court on Oct. 7.

Litton was originally charged with child abuse in the incident that occurred at 123 Willow Springs Road, Ten Mile, on Dec. 30, 2012.

According to the warrant, Brenda Yates told police everyone was fixing their plates for dinner when Litton’s son said he wanted water because he was sick and couldn’t drink juice or Cokes.

“The offender asked the victim who told him he couldn’t drink Cokes,” the warrant said. “The victim said his mom’s boyfriend told him that. The complainant stated that the offender became very angry and hit the victim in the face, busting his nose and mouth.”

Litton must pay a $150 fine and $398 in court costs.

He entered into an agreement that will allow him to make payments in installments.

Litton must also perform eight hours of community service and complete an anger-management program.

He received no jail time.