Child's teeth knocked out with a bar of soap

CREATED Aug. 24, 2013

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RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A Racine County man faces a preliminary hearing next month on charges that he washed a child's mouth out with soap so vigorously that two of her teeth were knocked out.

A Journal Times of Racine report says 36-year-old Samuel R. Martin Jr. is charged with felony child abuse. His preliminary hearing is Sept. 4.

The girl's mother told investigators her daughter was behaving poorly and had cursed at Martin on July 26. She says Martin grabbed a bar of soap to punish her for swearing.

The girl says she was in bed when Martin came into her room and shoved the soap in her mouth. She says two of her teeth were knocked out.

A message left with Martin's public defender Saturday was not immediately returned.