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Affidavit: Stepfather beat brain-damaged child with fly swatter

Maurice Duane Jackson, 43.
Maurice Duane Jackson, 43. Courtesy of Wichita County jail.

A Wichita Falls man is accused of beating his brain-damaged stepson with a fly swatter until the boy turned purple, according an arrest warrant affidavit.

Maurice Duane Jackson, 43, faces a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child. He remained in the Wichita County jail Friday with his bail set at $100,000.

Jackson was arrested Monday after his wife reported incident to police.

The boy, 13, can only communicate by using various sounds and signals since suffering a severe brain injury in a car accident in 2006, the affidavit said.

On Sunday night, the boy was told to stay in his room until he changed his clothes. When he kept walking out of the room, Jackson intervened, his wife told police.

Jackson’s wife then heard “sounds of the victim getting hit and him screaming,” the affidavit said.

Jackson used a “thick plastic fly swatter to hit” the boy, causing numerous bruises and lashes on the boy’s back, Jackson’s wife told police.

The boy’s 16-year-old sister told police the same story. Another sibling described the marks on the boy’s back as “reddish purple similar to whip marks,” the affidavit said.

A police detective found “dark purplish” marks on both of boy’s arms, his back and his chest and a scratch on his collar bone, according to the affidavit.

Jackson was on parole and had prior convictions for burglary, forgery, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, the affidavit said.

He was also wanted for failure to pay child support in Dallas County, according to jail records.

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