SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted Del. Rick Morris on four charges, including two felony counts of child cruelty.

The Daily Press reports that an arrest warrant was issued for the Republican lawmaker Monday following the indictment.

Morris, of Carrollton, is accused of hitting his stepson, 11, with multiple objects, including a belt, a wooden spoon and a hose nozzle. In addition to the child cruelty charges, Morris is also facing two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery of a family member.

A judge had dismissed those two misdemeanor charges and one of the felony charges last month, but the grand jury agreed to reinstate them.
Morris’ attorney, Nicole Belote, said she hadn’t seen the indictments and that her client had not been arrested as of Monday evening.

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