Man faces abuse charge

A Flomaton man has been arrested for willful abuse of a child for allegedly beating his 11-year old son on the child's birthday and will likely face additional charges.

Gary W. Presley, 34, 20600 Highway 31, was arrested last Wednesday and transported to the Escambia County Detention Center.

Flomaton Police Chief Chance Thompson said an officer responded to a domestic complaint at Presley's address and the investigation revealed that, in addition to beating the child, Presley began firing a gun, but not in the direction of any family members.

During a bond hearing last week District Judge Eric...