PIQUA — A Piqua resident was arrested over the weekend after his girlfriend came home from work to find her 3-year-old son covered in bruises.
On Friday, the child’s mother left for work at 8 a.m. and returned at approximately 6 p.m., according to Miami County Municipal Court records. The mother stated that her son did not have any bruises on him before she left and that her boyfriend Chad D. Reiher, 33, of Piqua, had been watching her child, adding that the child had not gone to a daycare or preschool.
“She stated she has never had anything like this happen previously, but did state she had found evidence of drug use,” according to Miami County Municipal Court records. The mother claimed that the boyfriend appeared to be under the influence of drugs, describing him as being “really high.”
The female’s other son, who is 7 years old, stated that the Reiher had hit the 3-year-old boy on his face, legs, and other parts of his body “as punishment for removing his seat belt,” according to Miami County Municipal Court records. The 3-year-old boy stated this as well.
An officer noted that the 3-year-old boy appeared to have been grabbed or hit on each side of his face, had a series of bruises across his chest and stomach, and had marks on other parts of his body.
Reiher reportedly admitted to spanking the boy, but denied hurting him when an officer questioned Reiher. Reiher stated “he would never hurt the boys.”
Reiher was charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence and first-degree misdemeanor child endangering. He was arraigned Monday on those charges and is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $50,000 cash-only bond.
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