LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - An East Alabama man, charged with torturing and abusing a 2-year-old child, was inside a Lee County courtroom on Monday as the jury selection process began in his trial.
Zachary Tadlock, 22, was inside a Lee County Courtroom on Monday, where he spent most of the day crying.
Tadlock was arrested in July 2014, and then indicted by a grand jury for torturing, willfully-abusing and cruelly beating the 2-year-old child of his then-girlfriend.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office says the mother of the child called 911 to report her boyfriend had beaten her child in the 600 Block of Lee Road 307, in Phenix City.
Deputies and EMS discovered the child suffering from multiple knots and bruises, with red marks all over his face, legs and other parts of his body.
Authorities say at the time of the attack, it appeared the child's injuries were not life-threatening.
Tadlock is also on trial for domestic violence assault against another member of his ex-girlfriend's family.
Jury selection in his trial continued late Monday.
The district attorney's office expects opening statements to begin late Monday or early Tuesday morning.