Judge continues sentencing hearing for Amelia man convicted of beating 9-year-old adopted son

John Kelley forced boy to wear sign outside Kroger

AMELIA, Ohio -- A man who was convicted of beating his 9-year-old adopted son and forcing him to stand outside a Kroger store wearing a sign that said, "I pee on my family if I don't get my way," had his sentencing hearing continued Wednesday.

John A. Kelley, 43, of Amelia, was convicted of child endangering and felonious assault in January.

He sentencing hearing was continued to March 24 at 8:30 a.m. Kelley faces two to eight years in prison.

Prosecutor: Amelia man beat 9-year-old, forced boy to wear sign in Kroger when he urinated in house

The prosecutor in the case said the boy was beaten so badly he was lucky to be alive.

Court officials said the boy had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had been in eight different homes until the Kelleys took him in.

Kelley and his wife signed an agreement not to use corporal punishment when they adopted the boy in November 2012.

However, when they couldn't stop the boy from urinating on the carpet and furniture and throwing tantrums, John A. Kelley resorted to using a belt and a paddle to beat the boy on his buttocks and the back of his waist and thighs, causing severe bruising, the prosecutor said.

In June 2013, the boy fled to a neighbor's house, and the neighbor reported it to authorities.

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