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Rincon man charged with child cruelty in toddler beating case

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A Rincon man accused of beating a 2-year-old girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon. 

Effingham County sheriff's deputies arrested Robert Edwards, 24, Tuesday night in connection with brutally beating his girlfriend's daughter. 

Deputies were responded to a child abuse report Tuesday night at a home on Holly Lane and found the toddler suffering from several injuries to her head, face and other parts of her body.

Edwards was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, first- and second-degree cruelty to children, battery, obstruction and even terroristic threats after threatening to go to the responding deputies' homes to kill them.

This is not Edwards's first run-in with the law. He has been arrested before for several different crimes including drugs, domestic violence, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and cruelty to children, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

WTOC spoke with officials about the condition of the toddler.

"It's disturbing that someone would do this to a 2-year-old innocent child. She's got injuries to both of her eyes, injuries to her face where she was beaten. She's got injuries throughout her body but fortunately they are not life-threatening right now, but they are also injuries that are definitely a cause for concern," said David Ehsanipoor, a spokesman for the ECSO.

The child was taken to taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment. The child's mother is there with her.

"I didn't know he violent toward children or anything like that. That is just terrible, no excuse for that," said Dolfe Wills, who lives on Holly Avenue.

 "This place is usually pretty quiet. This day in age everyone kind of keeps to themselves and this is why. You never know what is going on," said Christie Mock, who lives next door.

Edwards is in the Effingham County Jail.

ECSO continues to investigate and said additional arrests may be forthcoming. The Dept. of Family and Children Services is also involved in the case.

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