Teen Indicted for Child Beating

A Longview teen has been indicted for allegedly beating a child with an extension cord.

17 year old Matthew Spratling faces from 2 to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty of an April incident in which investigators say he hit a 4 year old boy more than 20 times with the chord.

The child had numerous bruises, but recovered. Spratling is in the Gregg county jail on $10,000 dollars bond.