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Fuquay-Varina teen accused of slapping 4-month-old son

Posted February 4, 2014

Jonathan Emmanuel Austin

— A 17-year-old in Fuquay-Varina faces a criminal charge in connection with an allegation that he slapped his 4-month-old son in the face.

Jonathan Emmanuel Austin, of 403 Cherry St., was arrested Monday on a felony charge of intentional child abuse.

The alleged offense happened Jan. 21, according to an arrest warrant, which was issued Jan. 31. No other details were provided.

An arrest report indicates Austin is a student at Fuquay-Varina High School.

He was out of jail Tuesday on a $50,000 secured bond.


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  • sunshine1040 Feb 11, 2014

    He is a student supporting a child on what income. Sorry no other child should ever be able to call this man Daddy and I hope Mama has learned about birth control and how to choose a mate.

  • Air Biscuit Feb 11, 2014


    For what it would cost to install and maintain condom machines for a year, the state could simply give this guy a free vasectomy...permanent solution..he won't father children who would live horrible lives and end up as wards of the state like he is.....or just get a guy four times his size to slap him across the face every day for about a week....I mean, look at the smug look on his mug shot...he has no remorse at all....

  • sgarner Feb 11, 2014


  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 11, 2014

    @WHATEVERYOUSAY said, “The real issue here is, this is a 17 year old kid who has a child he is in no way prepared to raise.”

    Right, so what’s wrong with putting free condom (and morning-after-pills?) machines on every street corner and let anyone (at any age) who wants them to have them? It costs $250,000 to rear a single child to age 18. These machines would be a bargain for society and surely welcomed by many.

    “Pot smoking, partying, and acting like an ill mannered over indulged little brat.”

    How did you get all that from this news story?...that mentions none of that?

  • pja1357 Feb 7, 2014

    People ask yourself - if someone slapped your 4 month old would you not want them to be slapped with a felony? I sure would. Is the 17 year old working and in school full time, etc. or is he just roaming the streets and hanging out with friends and waiting for hand outs?? You can't and shouldn't help someone that doesn't care to help themselves. Letting people off easy because they are 17 yrs old is not the answer because millions of kids would try the same thing expecting to get off easy. There is NO excuse whatsoever for what he did.

  • happygirl14 Feb 6, 2014

    What is this kid doing having a baby at 17? Too young. And it's not ok to slap a child. Yes, 4 month old babies cry, but that's how they communicate when they need something. This kid should be thrown in jail. Where is the mother?

  • tom73b Feb 5, 2014

    Sorry about my post earlier, i did not notice it was a 4 Month old...I was thinking it was referring to a 4 year old....My apologizes, I would never condone slapping a 4 month old...But a felony com'on ..................

  • LL4U Feb 5, 2014

    It has become a culture for children to have children and either their parents or grandparents will end up raising them all. When our welfare system STOPS paying for children and children having children the culture may change. Until then, . . .history continues to repeat itself and children who didn't ask to come into this world become the victims and the cycle continues on, and on and on.

  • davido Feb 5, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Sure, throwing people in jail for life solves every problem. Give me a break.

  • busyb97 Feb 5, 2014

    Ok. So what he did was wrong. A 4-month old should not be slapped...the child wouldn't have teeth so we know he couldn't have been bit...so likely was crying and wouldn't stop or something.

    But is a Felony Child-abuse charge the right thing to do in this case?? We are talking about a 17-yr old teenage father. For starters, he is actually IN THE PICTURE for this child. Sounds like he needs help knowing how to be a father to begin with! How to take care of a 4-month old for starters! Is he getting any support or help, along with the teenage mother? As adults, this stuff is stressful enough when you are new at it, learning, maybe lacking sleep and trying to figure out what the child needs. But for a teenager who's life has been turned upside down by a bad decision...giving him a felony record doesn't seem like the first course of action.

    I honestly hope he and the mother get the support they need.