MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — A rural Monett man received suspended sentences and probation when he pleaded guilty this week to physical abuse of his 15-year-old daughter.
Wayne D. Hall, 36, pleaded guilty Monday in Lawrence County Circuit Court to felony counts of child abuse and third-degree domestic assault in a plea agreement with the prosecutor's office that called for suspended sentences.
Circuit Judge Jack Goodman accepted the plea deal and assessed Hall seven years on the child abuse count and four years on the domestic assault count, with execution of both sentences suspended and the defendant placed on supervised probation for five years.
Hall physically abused his daughter the night of Sept. 11 at their home near Monett, according to court records. The incident was captured on video by the family's home security system and the video turned in to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.
On the recording, the defendant can be seen entering the living room, where his daughter was seated on the floor with a 2-year-old child in her arms, and walking up to the girl and slapping her in the face, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The recording shows him then taking the child from the teen before kicking her in the head and her leg.
Hall told a sheriff's deputy that he was mad at the girl for not minding him and his wife, and because he thought she was playing too roughly with the toddler.