Man shot stepkids with Nerf darts modified with needles, authorities say

Man shot stepkids with Nerf darts modified with needles, authorities say
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Brian Alexander

A Portage man was arrested Wednesday for shooting his stepkids with Nerf darts that had needles attached to the end of them, according to a release.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a report Monday of child abuse, and initiated an investigation with Columbia County Health and Human Services, officials said.

Brian L. Alexander, 33, was arrested on tentative charges of two counts of physical abuse of a child after evidence was obtained that indicated he was shooting Nerf darts with sharp needles sticking out of them at his young stepkids, according to the release.

The children ranged in ages from 6 to 9 years old, officials said.

The abuse had been occurring for some time and happened on more than one occurrence, according to the release. Investigators also found the Nerf gun and needles.

An official with the sheriff’s office said detectives are investigating claims Alexander did the same thing at another location outside the county’s jurisdiction.

According to the sheriff’s office, the mother of the children involved has been cooperative with the ongoing investigation and there is no evidence she committed a crime at this time.

In a message, a woman who said she’s the mother of the children said she had known nothing about the alleged abuse.

Alexander was scheduled to be in court Friday. His initial appearance has been postponed until Monday.