Man arrested in Adair County on child abuse charge

A man in neighboring Adair County was arrested late last week on criminal abuse of six-year-old boy, according to Adair County law enforcement.

Child Protective Services had initiated an investigation based on a complaint they received through central intake, and early in the investigation determined that law enforcement needed to be brought into the case.

Contact was then made with the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. After an initial investigation, probable cause was found and Sheriff Josh Brockman requested a warrant of arrest from the Adair County Attorney, which was granted by the Adair District Judge.

Benjamin Andrew, age 31, was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges of Criminal Abuse 2nd degree – child under 12 years old, a class D Felony.

The case remains under investigation by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.