The Corbin News Journal is reporting a father has been charged with child abuse after he whipped his 4 year old daughter with a belt because “she was missing words,” referring to school work. 38 year old Jeremy Adam Smith of Corbin is facing one count of third-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 or under. Smith was arrested following an investigation by Kentucky State Police and a social worker who were called to Oak Grove Elementary. According to the arrest citation, authorities were contacted after school officials discovered bruising on the child’s left leg and both buttocks, resulting in the child having difficulty sitting. Smith told investigators he had whipped the child approximately two days prior, but did not believe he he had whipped the child hard enough to leave bruises. Smith was later released from the Whitley County Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond, meaning he signed paperwork stating that he would appear in court as scheduled. No court date has yet been scheduled. Under Kentucky law, the charge is a class A misdemeanor, carrying a potential sentence of up to one year in jail.