A Greenwood man was arrested Monday following reports of child abuse.
Demaro Reid, 27, of 201 Foundry Road, was charged with cruelty to children in connection with the incident.
Greenwood police responded to Springfield Elementary School Thursday morning after a teacher found a large welt on the 7-year-old victim's neck.
According to a Greenwood police report, the teacher brought the student to the principal's office and school officials notified the Department of Social Services and contacted police. The victim said he got in trouble at school Nov. 6 for stealing another student's markers. He told officers when he got home, his father punished him.
When asked how his father punished him, the boy wrapped his hands around his throat as if he was choking himself. The bruises were consistent with someone choking the boy, officers noted. The victim said his father spanked him with a belt all over when questioned further.