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Investigators: Effingham man beat teen while using n-word

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Allen Donnelly, a 41-year-old Guyton engineer, is accused of beating a 15-year-old boy while repeatedly calling him the n-word, after he found the teen at home with his 15-year-old stepdaughter.

The teens' families said they aren't romantically involved, just friends, and different stories have emerged as to what may have set Donnelly off.

That step-daughter lives with her grandmother, Pamela Harrison, in Rincon. The victim lives a couple streets over, and the teens have been friends for years.

According to an incident report filed by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, the victim was visiting Harrison's house on the night of March 27. Harrison knew he was there.

Donnelly, the girl's step-father, came over and, according to the report, immediately began beating him while using a racial slur.

The report said Donnelly "hit him about the head and body several times with his fists."

Sheriff's office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said Donnelly, "was obviously just upset that his stepdaughter was in the house with a black teenager."

Harrison, the girl's grandmother, called 911.

"The grandmother actually tried to intervene to protect the 15-year-old child," Ehsanipoor said.

According to the police report, Donnelly pushed Harrison into a wall and continued beating the boy.

The Sheriff's office said their report is based on the account of events Harrison gave that night.

Friday night, she gave a different story to WTOC.

"He thought that his stepdaughter was in danger," Harrison said.

Harrison said Donnelly stopped by her house after a night out and met his younger stepdaughter at the door.

"When the little one said, ‘There's a bad man in sissy's room,' he immediately took off," she said.

Harrison said Donnelly ran past her, opened a rear door, saw the victim and began, "beating up on him."

She said her son-in-law was horrified when he realized his mistake.

"Nobody's sorrier than Allen," Harrison said.

As to whether he used that n-word:

"That's not true," Harrison said. "That's not true. That's not true at all."

The beating ended with the boy bloodied, Harrison said, and a knot on his head. He was treated at an Effingham Hospital.

Harrison said her son-in-law has offered to pay the teen's medical bills.

"We thought everything was all right," she said.

This week, simple battery and battery warrants were filed for Donnelly's arrest.

"He's in danger now of losing his job," Harrison said.

Donnelly has not yet been arrested.

Investigators worry that now that charges have been brought, Harrison may be protecting her son-in-law.

"Here he is, 41 years old," Ehsanipoor said. "He's assaulting a child and he's assaulting an elderly person. You can't get much worse than that."

Harrison blames medication she was taking the night of the attack for her change in stories.

She said she filed a complaint against her son-in-law with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services the day after the attack, but later withdrew it.

Friday, deputies were considering charging Harrison as well, with false report of a crime.

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