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Hot Springs Police Officer Yamauchi reports that she was dispatched to a motel on East Grand Avenue June 7, 2021, around 9PM, for the complaint of battery to a child.
Officers arrived and made contact with the suspect, Justin Richard Liley, 30, of East Grand Avenue in Hot Springs, in the parking lot. Officers walked with him back to his hotel room where they made contact with the mother of the victim.
The mother said that she and a friend made a trip to a popular fried chicken serving gas station that was just up the road. It was a 30 minute trip. When they returned to the motel room, her son ran out of the room crying. The child told his mother that Mr. Liley got mad and hit him in the face.
The mother confronted Mr. Liley about this. Mr. Liley put his hands up and said “he disrespected me, so I hit him”. The child told officers that Mr. Liley was playing a video game and he wanted to play too. Mr. Liley told him “no” and the child began to cry. Mr. Liley struck the child in the face with an open hand.
The mother’s friend said that Mr. Liley had been drinking and playing videos since about 11AM.
Officers saw that the child’s face had a red mark with lines (finger imprints) on his face. The red mark was warm to the touch.
Mr. Liley was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Battery with bond set at $2,500.