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Fayetteville father accused of beating son with extension cord

Posted March 12, 2010 8:54 a.m. EST

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives have charged a Fayetteville man with beating his 8-year-old son with an extension cord.

Charles Lee Gerald, 36, of 1054 Bernadine St., surrendered to law enforcement officials Thursday night.

Gerald is accused of beating his son with a twisted drop cord after learning the child had been in trouble at school, authorities said.

Detectives said the child’s injuries were reported after school personnel noticed him limping.

Gerald has been charged with child abuse inflicting serious injury. He was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.