Mebane, NC -- A man was found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse last week by a jury in Alamance County.
Avante Brown, 41 of Mebane, was found guilty on July 21 for an incident that happened in November 2009.
Investigators say Brown used a belt to spank a six-year-old. Medical personnel say the child was hit 10 to 13 times. Bruises and welts were also found on the child.
The District Attorney's Office was pursuing the case as a felony, but a jury called it a misdemeanor. District Attorney Pat Nadolski said his office respects the verdict.
Brown received a suspended sentence of 150 days in prison and was ordered to six months of house arrest. He was also ordered not to harass, threaten or contact the victim's family. Brown can also not reside in any house with anyone 16 years old or younger.
In May, WFMY's 2 Wants To Know took a look at whether spanking is a form of abuse in North Carolina. A Graham man, Michael Ward, was found not guilty by a jury for spanking his eight-year-old son.
State law defines misdemeanor child abuse as a parent inflicting physical injury. Attorneys say it's up to a jury to decide if it's abuse.
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