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Sentencing scheduled for man accused in beating

Courier-Times Staff Report

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a New Castle resident accused of beating a disabled man.

Terence Christopher McDaniel, 31, was arrested in June 2017 and charged with three counts of battery resulting in serious bodily injury to an endangered adult, all Level 4 felonies, as well as battery resulting in bodily injury as a Class A misdemeanor, documents filed in Henry Circuit Court 1 state.

McDaniel is scheduled to be sentenced May 3. A plea agreement was filed March 14. 

According to a report from the New Castle Police Department, the victim functions at the age level of a 6-12 year old. The victim told police he lived with McDaniel, as well as two relatives.

The victim claimed McDaniel hit him on the hand with a shoe and kicked him in the stomach. Police saw bruising on the victim’s sternum and upper abdomen, the report indicated.

At the hospital emergency room, it was found that he had multiple severe injuries, including a fractured/broken vertebrae, bilateral rib fractures, bleeding, bruising and fluid on his lungs, as well as severe bruising to his groin, testicles and penis, which appeared to have been caused as the result of being struck, the report stated. The man was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for additional treatment.

A relative of the victim told police McDaniel was often violent and allegedly beat a woman previously, causing black eyes. However, court records do not show McDaniel has been previously charged with any incidents of domestic battery in Henry County. In September 2016 he pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of paraphernalia and was sentenced to Henry County Jail for 60 days.

In an interview with police, McDaniel said he “flipped out” on the disabled man after witnessing him “hovering over” a child who lived in the home.

McDaniel allegedly admitted that he hit the man in the chest with a closed fist and “blacked out.” McDaniel said he didn’t believe he hit the man hard enough to cause bruising or break ribs, but when shown photographs, said he was sorry and didn’t mean to do it. McDaniel also allegedly admitted that he could have possibly hit the man in the groin, but denied being responsible for causing the vertebrae injury.