Hoover police: Man forced 9-year-old to run on treadmill, hit child repeatedly

Hoover police: Man forced 9-year-old to run on treadmill, hit child repeatedly
Police say Robert Barnes Fox V, of Bessemer, forced a family member to run on a treadmill in the garage. (Source: Shelby County Jail)

HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - A man is charged with aggravated child abuse after police investigated allegations of abuse at a Hoover home.

Police say Robert Barnes Fox V, of Bessemer, forced a family member to run on a treadmill in the garage. Investigators say when the 9-year-old could no longer run at the pace set by Fox, he hit the child repeatedly with several different objects. Officer saw extensive bruising to the child’s lower body as a result.

Fox turned himself in to the Shelby County jail yesterday and was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

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