A 28-year-old Macon-Bibb firefighter is on administrative leave after his arrest on a child cruelty charge involving a toddler.
The GBI arrested Ronald Kyle Livingston, of Lizella, on Monday and originally booked him into the Crawford County jail until investigators determined the alleged incident occurred at Livington’s home, which is in Bibb County near the Crawford County line, said J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the Perry office of the GBI.
“The mother noticed some marks and I guess the child was complaining her backside was hurting,” Ricketson said.
The incident was reported June 10.
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Bruising on the backside of the girl, who is about 18 months old, indicated she was hurt sometime between June 7 and June 10, Ricketson said.
“They were bad enough you could see them and she needed medical treatment, but was treated and released,” he said.
The mother, who is pregnant with Livington’s child, originally suspected someone else, Ricketson said.
Investigators later concluded the child was in the care of Livingston when the incident is believed to have happened.
Livingston is close to marking his fourth anniversary with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, said Chief Marvin Riggins.
“We had no knowledge of this occurring until this week,” Riggins said. “He is off on administrative leave pending further investigation. It’s a tough thing to do, but we’ve got to do what we have to do. We are concerned about the family and the child, of course.”
Records show Livingston was transferred into the Bibb County jail at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday and posted an $8,450 bond and was released three hours later.