(MUNCIE) - A Muncie man is accused of videotaping himself abusing his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son, hitting, trying to choke the boy and urinating and spitting on him as he slept.
Elliott J. Reynolds, 25, was charged this week with five counts of battery, two counts of battery by bodily waste, two counts of strangulation and one count each of stalking and invasion of privacy.
The Indianapolis Star reports, the investigation began when Reynolds' ex-girlfriend, who lives in Henry County, alerted police that he was posting dozens of nude pictures of her online in violation of a protection order she took out when they broke up.
Police say Reynolds also posted the woman's name, the names of her two children, her address and claimed that she was a methamphetamine user.
Investigators searched Reynolds' home and discovered several computers and external hard drives containing pictures and videos, along with a marijuana growing operation in the basement.
In analyzing the videos, police discovered six videos of Reynolds and his then-girlfriend having sex, with and without her permission.
And they found more than a dozen videos of Reynolds abusing the woman's 3-year-old son by hitting, slapping and suffocating him, along with spitting and urinating on the boy while holding up his middle finger.
Police say then the videos got more violent, with Reynolds slapping and hitting the boy in the face as he screams for his mother, and Reynolds putting his hand over the boy's nose and mouth for 16 seconds and then 28 seconds.
"I just choked the [expletive] out of you, you little [expletive]," Reynolds is quoted as saying in the probable cause affidavit.
Police say Reynolds also tapped the boy sleeping outside on a screened-in porch on a cold October night, hitting him and telling him that if he doesn't behave, that he would kill him.
"I'm going to take you outside, and (you) are never going to see mommy again, and you are just going to die," Reynolds is quoted as saying in the affidavit. "You never say, 'I hate you,' OK? Because if you don't you know what, you are going to just go away and never see mommy or daddy or sister ever again."
The children were removed from the woman's home and placed in the custody of their father. Police said it's unclear if the woman's other child had been a victim of abuse.
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