Daniel George Swan has been found guilty of one count of child abuse, according to a media release from Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Ken DeCock.
During the two-day trial that ended October 30th, DeCock presented testimony from witnesses including law enforcement, Dr. Mary Bowers and the victim.
The minor victim and siblings were taken into protective custody after Swan and the children's mother were arrested on unrelated charges.
The foster parent of the children noticed bruises and lacerations on the victim's bottom while the child was bathing and subsequent investigation resulted in a single count of child abuse being brought against Swan.
“Children who suffer from abuse often have no voice,” DeCock said to the jury during closing arguments at the trial.
The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning a guilty verdict.
Commenting on the verdict, DeCock said, “We must protect the most vulnerable members of our community from abuse that sadly often goes unreported. It is my hope that this sends a clear message that child abuse will not be tolerated.”
The Court ordered a pre-sentencing investigation to be completed.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The maximum sentence for child abuse is five years' imprisonment.