A St. Paul man made his first appearance in court for allegedly whipping his 2-year-old son with an audio/video cord and assaulting the boy's mother.
President Pimpin Austin Sr., 21, was arrested in Oakdale on Dec. 7 on a report of domestic abuse. He has been charged with felony domestic assault, violating an order of protection and felony malicious punishment of a child under 4 years old.
According to the complaint:
The Oakdale Police Department received a report of possible child abuse on Dec. 7. A nurse at Children's Hospital in St. Paul reported that a woman had brought her two grandchildren to the hospital after she saw signs of abuse.
The two children were examined. Police reviewed the medical report, which stated that the boy — who was 1 year old at the time — showed signs of whipping injuries on his butt, upper legs, lower stomach and his genitals.
Investigators contacted the grandmother who said that the children's mother had told her that the father, Austin, had hit the boy with an AV cord on Nov. 30.
Investigators were unable to immediately reach the mother, but were later called about an assault that had taken place at the mother's residence involving Austin. The complaint states there is an active Order of Protection against Austin with the woman.
Police interviewed the woman who said that Austin assaulted her by kicking and punching her on her sides and her head. Investigators observed red marks on her arms and her ribs.
The woman said that Austin became angry when he saw her cell phone and thought she was talking to another man. After the alleged assault, Austin reportedly took her ebt card.
Officers also interviewed the woman about the alleged child abuse. The woman reported that Austin became upset with his son and took the child into the bathroom and started hitting him with an AV cord jack that goes into the TV. The woman said she heard the child yelling, "No daddy, stop daddy."
After Austin allegedly whipped the child, he asked the woman if a "ding-ding" can get swollen, the complaint states.
The woman then saw that the boy had cuts on his legs and was bleeding. The boy's genitals were also swollen, according to the complaint.
The woman did not seek medical treatment for the child and gave custody of the boy and his 3-year-old sister to their grandmother.
Police located Austin walking at 10th Street and Hadley Avenue. He was arrested and booked in Washington County Jail. Austin denied being around the woman or the children.
Austin's criminal history shows that he was convicted of domestic assault by strangulation in 2011 and convicted of domestic assault in 2010.
If found guilty, Austin could face five years in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines for each of the three charges.