A Bean Station man accused of setting a stuffed animal on fire on a stove and hurling it at a 9-year-old boy he baby-sat is set to appear before a judge Thursday on an aggravated child abuse charge. Ronald B. Dalton, 53, was arrested over the weekend after the boy’s mother dialed 911 to report the incident that took place at his Amanda Lane home, said Bean Station Police Chief Phillip Robinette.
According to an arrest report, Officer Jason Mathis was dispatched to a convenience store on U.S. Highway 25E on Dec. 30 to investigate an assault that took place while the boy’s mother was at work. The boy’s mother, who works at the store, told police her son said Dalton put a teddy bear on a stove in his home and lit it on fire, Robinette said. “Mr. Dalton then threw the stuffed animal which was on fire on (the child),” Mathis wrote in his report. “The boy’s shirt did catch fire but the child was able to put the fire out.”
Honestly, if you dislike children or have as little patience as Dalton, you shouldn’t babysit. Ever.