Court date set in child abuse case

August 1, 2022 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — A status docket is set for Bryce Colby Thilsted, 34, Ponca City, in Kay County District Court.

Thilsted is facing a felony charge of child abuse filed on May 16.

Investigators report that officials at Woodland Elementary contacted authorities about a possible case of child abuse.

Teachers and a Department of Human Services worker reportedly spoke to the child and learned that he had a 6-7 inch cut on his right side.

Bryce Colby Thilsted

Police made contact with Thilsted who reportedly told investigators that the child had been acting up and that he whipped him with a belt. He reportedly stated that the child tried to lock himself in the bathroom to get away. But Thilsted caught him and began spanking him. He stated that the child moved and that the belt hit him in the ribs and that the metal portion cut the child.

The child was taken for a medical exam.

DHS workers report that the doctor determined that the cut was not caused by the metal but instead by the belt. The doctor reportedly found that the child was hit so hard that the belt caused his skin to crack open.

Thilsted was arrested and booked in the county jail on $25,000 bond. He appeared before Judge David Wilkie on May 27 with his attorney Jack Shears. The court granted a bond reduction request and lowered bond to $15,000. Shears later filed a motion to withdraw from the case and Jarrod Stevenson was appointed.

A status docket is set in the case.