Man sentenced to prison time after whipping toddler

A 21-year-old St. Paul man has been sentenced to prison time for malicious punishment of a child.

A Washington County judge found President Pimping Austin Sr. guilty of malicious punishment of a child under 4 years old and felony domestic abuse.

Austin was sentenced to 72 months in prison for incidents that occurred last year, a press release from the Washington County attorney’s office stated.

According to the criminal complaint, a relative brought two children to the hospital in December after observing signs of child abuse. The complaint states police determined that Austin’s 1-year-old son had whipping injuries on several areas of his body that were reportedly caused by Austin.

Police attempted to make contact with the boy’s mother but were unable to reach her. A relative of the mother then contacted police to report Austin had just assaulted the mother, who lived in Oakdale and had an order for protection against him, the complaint states.

Police went to the home of the mother, who said Austin had assaulted her after he became upset with her and then left the home with her EBT card.

The complaint states that when asked about the allegations of child abuse, the mother told police that in November Austin had hit the toddler with an AV cord jack that plugged into a television. The mother said she did not seek medical treatment for the boy at that time, and gave custody of her two children to their grandmother.

Police located Austin walking down a street in Oakdale and placed him under arrest. Austin denied being around the children or their mother, but police found the mother’s EBT card in his possession.

The complaint states Austin had previously been convicted of domestic assault.

— Alex Holmquist

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