A Greenwood man was arrested over the weekend and is facing multiple charges in connection with two separate violent incidents which occurred in 2012.
Bernard McKnight, 43, was arrested last Thursday afternoon and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and cruelty to children in connection with two separate incidents which occurred in early 2012. A magistrate judge on Friday set McKnight’s bond at $75,000 cash or surety. McKnight is currently being held at the Greenwood County Detention Center.
According to Greenwood Police Department reports, police were contacted by S.C. Department of Social Services officials on March 1, 2012 after a 4-year-old child was observed with injuries consistent with child abuse. The child had bruises and lacerations on her legs and face and one had been bleeding. The child’s mother was hesitant, but told police that McKnight, her live-in boyfriend, had beaten the child with a belt the previous night. The child’s mother said the child threw up on the table while the family was eating dinner. The mother told police she spanked the child with her hand for throwing up on the table. McKnight then began beating the child with a belt. The mother said she asked McKnight to stop, but McKnight was so angry he continued to beat the child in a manner too severe for a 4-year-old child. The child was then bathed. Following the bat, McKnight again began beating the child with a belt before putting the child to bed. When the child woke up, McKnight slapped the child across the face. The mother was then told she would need to take her children to her sister’s house.
According to the reports, the child’s mother went to the police department on March 22 to report another incident involving McKnight. The child’s mother said she went to McKnight’s residence and McKnight began accusing her of seeing another man. McKnight forced the woman to remove her clothes. McKnight then began inspecting the woman’s body for evidence of her seeing another man then made her put her clothes back on. McKnight continued accusing the woman of seeing another man then began beating her with a stick. Police observed multiple bruises in various places on the woman’s body. McKnight then began choking the woman with both hands. McKnight then used one hand to punch the woman in the face while he continued choking the woman with the other hand. The woman told her sister what happened and the two then went to the police department to file a report.