Trial set for man accused of abusing young son

David Michael Presley

Leonardtown, MD- A Callaway man accused of abusing his 3-year-old son is set to stand trial on Tuesday, Jan. 9 in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court. David Michael Presley, 25, was indicted in September of 2017 on one count of child abuse in the second degree and one count of second-degree assault.

According to charging documents, Presley is accused of abusing his young son and trying to hide the evidence.

The abuse was reported to Maryland State Police (MSP) August 10, 2017 by the victim’s childcare provider. According to the charging documents, the responding officer noticed bruising on both sides of the boy’s face. The boy’s mother told investigators the bruises were caused by Presley and admitted to putting make-up on the boy’s face to hide the injuries. During the investigation, the officer conducted an exam on the victim and noticed both new and old bruising on the victim’s body, including significant bruising around the boy’s face.

When the responding officer spoke with CPS investigator Bill Daywalt, who met with the family the day before the abuse was reported to police, Daywalt said he had been assigned the case back in June of 2017.

Daywalt told the officer the victim had admitted to him his father, Presley, hits him. At a meeting with the family the night of Aug. 9, Daywalt said Presley was not being cooperative but he didn’t notice anything unusual about the victim. Daywalt said he didn’t notice any bruising on the boy’s face--however--he also admitted he didn’t do a thorough examination of the victim, the court documents stated. Daywalt said due to the lack of visible injuries to the victim, there was no reason to remove him from the home.

During a recorded interview with MSP, the boy’s mother told officers Presley hit their son twice in the face and had text messages from him to confirm the story.

During his interview with police, Presley told officers he put his son down for a nap and he heard some stirring in the room. Presley went to check on his son and found him playing with his toys. Presley said his son ran to his bed with a truck in his hand and at the same time he grabbed his son by the wrist and open hand-slapped him on each side of his face. After the incident, Presley texted the boy’s mother and admitted to hitting his son and asked her to come home so they could put make-up on his face.

Judge Michael J. Stamm will preside over the jury trial.

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Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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