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Attorney: Cruelty charges against boy's adopted father are false
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Willis Humphrey

A Gainesville man is accused of beating his 5-year-old adopted son, but the man’s attorney said the allegations will be proven false.

Willis Anthony Humphrey, 35, was charged this week with first-degree child cruelty.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said Humphrey allegedly beat the 5-year-old boy March 12 “resulting in severe and visible bruising to the child’s back, arm and neck.”

The Division of Family and Children Services notified the sheriff’s office.

“Willis Humphrey lovingly adopted his son about one year ago, rescuing him from a dangerous, neglectful life. These charges are false and a thorough investigation will show that clearly.  He has never beaten his son – only swaddled him with love and good energy,” defense attorney Arturo Corso wrote in a statement.

Corso explained that Humphrey’s son had some medical issues that cause behavioral and conduct difficulties.  

“Most of us cannot imagine the challenges faced by parents of children with special needs, such as suspicions about bruises that look like abuse but actually come from seizure-like fits.  We ask that no one else rush to judgment about these erroneous allegations, and we ask for privacy for our family,” Corso said in a statement.

Investigators obtained a warrant on Monday, March 18.

Corso said his client turned himself in when he learned of the warrant and was released on bond.  

The case is under investigation.