2012-02-15 / For The Record

Stepfather jailed for fishing rod assaults

By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

DELACEY WALTON DELACEY WALTON A Burke County man has been jailed for whipping his stepchildren with a fishing rod.

Delacey Orlando Walton, 41, was arrested last Wednesday after his wife summoned deputies to their Utley Road home to straighten out her “unruly” 10-year-old son.

However, while officers were headed out, a Facebook message sent by the boy to an out-of-state family member prompted relatives to call the sheriff’s office with concerns of their own. They believed the child, who suffers from heart problems, and his 12-year-old sister were both being abused at the hands of their stepfather.

When deputies arrived, the children confirmed they had been beaten by Walton with the tip of a fishing rod.

Their mother, 34-year-old Evelyn Monique Proctor initially denied the children’s claims and tried to take the blame for her husband, according to Sgt. Dan Lowe, an in- vestigator for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

Instead, she was charged with obstructing or hindering a law enforcement officer, and her son was taken to Burke Medical Center where investigators documented numerous lash marks and three swollen fingers. The child also had a split lip he reportedly suffered after being slapped in the mouth by his stepfather for talking back.

Walton was arrested on two felony counts of cruelty to children in the first degree and was served with a Richmond County child support warrant.

“ You can discipline your children,” Sgt. Lowe said. “But you can’t hit them in the face and you can’t whip them with a fishing rod.”

The children’s mother is also accused of hiding the fishing rod from deputies in an effort to protect her husband, Sgt. Lowe said, and was subsequently jailed for hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal.

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