Davidson County man accused of hitting 9-year-old with belt

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A man is accused of child abuse after allegedly hitting a 9-year-old girl with a belt, according to a news release from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Lane Hancock, 27, of Lexington, is charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

On Jan. 11, the sheriff’s office received a report of possible child abuse of a 9-year-old girl.

The child was found to have extensive bruising on the backs of both of her legs and her inner and outer thighs.

The child was seen...

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