Friday, September 14, 2007

Man charged with spanking a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

A Franklin man has been charged withassault, accused of spanking an autistic 5-year-old boy who wanderedinto his yard.Witnesses told police Michael Evans scolded some children who cameinto his yard from a neighboring park on Saturday.Police say all of them left, except for the five-year-old.A witness said Evans held the boy by an arm and spanked him.A news release from the police states Evans acknowledged swattingchild on the buttocks.After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Evans surrendered and isfree on $5,000 bond.Experts say autism affects how people communicate with and understandother people.