Wymore man arrested for suspicion of child abuse

John Hintz

A 44-year-old Wymore man appeared in court for suspicion of felony child abuse, accused of harshly disciplining his adopted 7-year-old son.

Authorities believe John Hintz forced the child to do push-ups with closed fists on rocks while Hintz placed his foot on the child's back. That was after learning the boy had stolen a candy bar.

Authorities say when the child could no longer do push-ups, Hintz forced him to run laps until he had blisters on both feet. The child told authorities he also was forced to eat all of his Valentine's Day candy and drink five glasses of soda in one sitting, causing him to vomit.

Hintz did not immediately return a message left Tuesday at a home phone listing for him.