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SELMA, AL (WSFA) -
A Selma child is recovering from injuries sustained in an alleged act of child abuse after authorities say his step-father body-slammed him and then punched him in the face.
The step-father, identified as 40-year-old Erick Theopolis Banks, was arrested on probable cause for Aggravated Child Abuse.
The 12-year-old was taken to Vaughan Regional Hospital where doctors determined he had a ruptured left eardrum as the result of blunt force trauma to the head.
Investigators were called to the 1400 block of Union Street Wednesday, just before noon, where they spoke with several of the victim's relatives, including the child's mother, Patricia Smith. Investigators say Smith was uncooperative.
According to police, the child and his siblings were wrestling each other at a home on Oliver Street with Smith returned home. Her attempts at disciplining the boy were unsuccessful, so authorities say she requested help from Banks.
The victim told police the man picked him up and slammed him on the ground and then punched him in the side of the face, striking his ear. Police say the man, "took the punishment into the realm of assaulting the child."
Following the doctors' evaluation, police officers questioned both Banks and Smith at the Selma Police Department
Banks was later charged and transported to the Dallas County Jail where he's being held on a $250,000 bond.
The Department of Human Resources has temporarily removed the victim and his siblings from the home and their mother's custody. There are currently no charges against the mother.