YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division announced Monday, the arrest of Benjamin “Ben” Ignatowicz, 33, for unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person for allegedly causing a child bodily harm.
Warrants state that on March 27, 2021, at Ignatowicz’s residence, he caused bodily harm to a child that he had, at the time, legal custody of by spanking or hitting the child on their bare bottom causing bruising.
During an interview, Ignatowicz said he was frustrated when he spanked the child, telling SLED agents that “it had been a day”. When shown a picture by SLED of the bruising, Ignatowicz said: “based off the picture” he would agree that it was excessive, according to the warrant.
The charge is a felony under South Carolina law that carries up to 10 years in prison for a conviction.