Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies saw that an Augusta man forced his nine-year old daughter to drink beer. The child told officers that her dad threatened to kill her if she didn’t drink. The child was staying with her father and she contacted her mother, crying and begging to be picked up. The father, Jeffery Deon Hickson, was upset about the phone call and left the house with the girl. When the mother arrived and found no one at the house, she contacted the police. Hickson returned shortly after with the nine-year old and a 5-year child from another relationship.
Sheriff’s deputies investigating the incident found Hickson, 39, to be drunk and charged him with child cruelty, child endangerment, driving under the influence in Georgia, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to have insurance.
The 9-year old girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Her blood alcohol content registered .165%.
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