Man charged with injuring infant

By Matt Swearengin -

Dillon Cole Ragle

A man is facing felony charges after authorities said he injured an 8-month-old infant.

Nineteen-year-old Dillon Cole Ragle, alias Dillon Higgins, was charged Monday with child abuse by injury and child endangerment, both felonies. He also was charged with misdemeanor resisting an officer.

According to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, Ragle struck the infant Saturday at a Streetman Road residence.

Marks were visible on the infant’s face and neck due to the assault, according to the sheriff’s office.

The child endangerment charge was filed due to Ragle being intoxicated while he was supposed to be providing care for the child, according to court papers.

Ragle is also accused of resisting deputies Arnold Bentley and Michael Graham by trying to pull away from them while under arrest.

The infant was treated and released at the local hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

In other news, Durant firefighters have responded to accident and fire calls during the past few days. They were dispatched at 2:06 p.m. Christmas Eve to a pasture fire at 3531 Roberta Road. They were on the scene a little more than an hour while putting out the fire.

They responded at 6:30 a.m. Christmas day to 3786 N. Sawmill Road where a motorist failed to make the curve at the end of North Sawmill. When firefighters arrived, the vehicle was upright with a flat front tire. The vehicle was locked and unoccupied and no one was injured, according to DFD.

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Saturday. According to a DFD report, the accident happened at 11:34 a.m. at 125 S.E. Sixth Ave. When firefighters arrived, they found a man lying on the ground and complaining of hip and leg pain. Bryan County EMS treated the victim.

Also Saturday, firefighters were dispatched at 3:30 p.m. to the northbound lanes of Highway 69/75 between Washington Avenue and Highway 48 where a vehicle crashed through the barrier from the southbound lanes. The vehicle occupants declined medical treatment.

Contact Matt Swearengin at 634-2160 or

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