29-year-old Dean Morace was charged with child abuse after he reportedly struck a child in the back and knocked them to the ground because the child slapped him while they were playing.
On December 6th, Metro Nashville Police officers responded to reports of a domestic incident at 1136 Bubbling Well Road. When officers arrived, they made contact with Tremale Marable. Tremale stated his child and Dean Morace were playing. He claimed Dean became frustrated and struck the child in the back, which knocked the child to the ground.
Dean and Tremale got into a verbal altercation over the incident. Dean stated to officers he did hit Tremale’s child because the child slapped him while they were playing. Officers noted a red mark was on the young child’s back, showing where they were hit.
Dean Morace was arrested and charged with child abuse of a child 8 years of age or less. He is currently jailed in lieu of a $3,500 bond.