Brian Hayse

Brian Hayse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A spilled drink and quick action from concerned parents led to the arrest of a southern Indiana man accused of beating a boy.

Indiana State Police were called to the baseball fields at the Friends of Harrison County Youth Sports Complex on Tuesday night. When troopers arrived, several parents told them 46-year-old Brian Hayse was beating the boy inside the truck.

"It's refreshing to see people step up when they see something that is wrong going on and take a stand," said Sgt. Carey Huls with Indiana State Police. "They had actively got involved, called 911 right away to get the police involved. When the officer got here, he found them actually using their vehicles to prevent the gentleman from being able to leave."

Hulls said Hayse got mad when the boy spit or spilled a drink in the truck and began hitting him in the face and bottom repeatedly. Police say the beating left visible marks on the child's face and rear-end.

Hayse was arrested and charged with domestic battery.

"In Indiana, you are, regardless of personal beliefs, you are permitted to spank a child," Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Otto Schalk said.

But Schalk said what Hayse did was not a spanking.

"When you are hitting a child 50 to 60 times, that's when you can expect to go to jail or prison," he said.

Hayse made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. A judge set his bond at $5,000 cash only.

If convicted, Hayse could face up to six years in prison. He's been ordered to have no contact with the child.

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