Parent charged with assault in alleged hockey-stick spanking

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WATERVILLE — An East Wenatchee father is charged with abuse after allegedly spanking an 8-year-old child with an indoor hockey stick.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say Noel David Mathison, 38, struck his child on March 19, leaving the victim with welts and pain that lasted for days. The implement used was a “shinny stick,” a hockey stick made for indoor play, deputies said. Child Protectives Services investigators began looking into the incident shortly after.

Deputies arrested Mathison on Wednesday after an investigation, and Douglas County prosecutors charged him Friday with third-degree assault of a child. He was released without bond, and faces arraignment in Superior Court next week.