RACINE — A City of Burlington man remained free on a $1,000 signature bond on Thursday after allegedly knocking two of a child’s teeth out by shoving a bar of soap into her mouth.
Racine County prosecutors charged Samuel R. Martin Jr., 36, on July 26 with a sole count of physical abuse of a child for allegedly breaking the girl’s teeth on June 3 in a Burlington apartment, according to his criminal complaint, which was released on Thursday.
The girl’s mother, who knew Martin, told City of Burlington police that her daughter “was behaving poorly” and had cursed at Martin that evening. She told police Martin seemed angry and retrieved some soap to punish the girl for swearing, the complaint stated. The girl told police she was in bed under the covers when Martin entered her room and put the bar of soap in her mouth, breaking two of her teeth, the complaint stated.
Martin, of the 600 block of Meadow Lane, allegedly told police that when he removed the soap, he saw the girl was bleeding and he had knocked out a tooth, according to the complaint. The girl ran from the bedroom and Martin told police he didn’t know he’d knocked out two teeth until her mother told him, the complaint stated.
During his initial appearance in court Thursday on the charge, Court Commissioner John Bjelajac set a $1,000 signature bond for Martin and ordered him to have no violent contact with the girl and her family.
Martin’s preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 4.
The child abuse charge is a Class I felony, punishable by a maximum of 1-1/2 years in prison, up to two years on extended supervision and a fine capped at $10,000.