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Fort Benning soldier appears in court, accused of beating child

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The boy who sat in court Friday appeared to be less than half the size of the man accused of beating him.

Police said William Christopher Robinson, a soldier at Fort Benning, punched and kicked his 10-year-old stepson until he was black and blue.

Officials said the beatings occurred at least three times in their Columbus apartment when the child was off from school for Christmas break.

The mother became suspicious when she noticed her son continually had bruises. 

Police said the boy was too afraid of his stepfather to say what really happened, so he pretended the injuries came from rough play with friends.

She finally alerted authorities when she discovered her son had a serious groin injury.

The boy finally admitted to police that his stepfather was abusing him.  He said Robinson would sometimes wake him up from sleeping by punching him in the face.  Another time he said Robinson snuck up behind him and kicked him between the legs.

Police believe Robinson was feeling jealous of the attention the boy was receiving from his mother and thought his daughter from another marriage should have been getting the same attention.

After a judge listened to testimony and observed photographs of the boy's injuries, he ordered Robinson to pay $45,000 bond if he wants to be released fbefore a pending trial.

As of Friday afternoon, Robinson was still in jail.

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