Sgt. Alfred Bullock, 21, is in jail on $50,000 bond, accused of beating his stepson. His wife's parents placed a camcorder in the child's room after suspecting Bullock of hurting him. The camcorder was covered up, but police arrested Bullock after hearing the audio from the tape. (Fentress County Sheriff Department)
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JAMESTOWN, Tenn. — A Fort Campbell soldier has been charged with aggravated child abuse in Fentress County. He's accused of severely beating his 3-year-old stepson on Christmas.
Sheriff Chuck Cravens said Sgt. Alfred Gene Bullock, 21, was visiting his wife's parents while on leave from the 101st Airborne Division.
The grandparents suspected Bullock was mistreating their grandson and hid a camcorder in the child's bedroom.
"It didn't show no pictures," Cravens said. "They had it covered up. But the sound picked up and that's what got him caught."
According to court documents, when a deputy showed up at the house, Bullock told him "he had spanked his stepson with a belt and had gotten carried away and struck ... hard enough to leave marks."
The deputy then listened to the recording and heard Bullock strike the child 26 times.
Cravens called the recording "very hard to listen to."
Bullock, who is in jail on $50,000 bond, had a preliminary hearing Wednesday and the case was bound over to a grand jury next week.
The child is with his mother and grandparents.