Ga. Dad Repeatedly Beat His 2 Young Children Over 2-Day Period for Making a Mess in Room: 'Horrific'

Dillan Michael Tennant will spend the next 30 years in prison for brutally beating his 3-year-old daughter and striking his 2-year-old son with a board

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Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office

Dillan Michael Tennant

A Georgia man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for  beating his two-year-old son and three-year-old daughter because they made a mess in their bedroom.

On Friday, Dillan Michael Tennant, 24, of Ringgold, was sentenced to thirty years in prison with the first 15 to be served in the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office said in a press release.

Tennant is prohibited from having any contact with the child victims in the case or from having unsupervised contact with any minor under the age of 18, Catoosa County Superior Court Judge Chris Arnt ruled.

On March 20, a jury convicted Tennant of two counts of fist-degree cruelty to children.

During a three-day trial, prosecutors provided evidence that showed Tennant physically abused his young children “by beating them repeatedly, leaving horrific bruising on the toddlers,” prosecutors said in the release.

The abuse took place in March 2023, when Tennant and the two children were living with his father, mother and brother in the Rossville area.

During this time, “while failing to properly supervise the children,” the release said, Tennant became enraged because the children made a mess in their room.

Over the course of two days, Tennant struck the children repeatedly, prosecutors said in the release. He used a board to strike his two-year-old son.

Afterward, he took the children to a friend’s home “in an attempt to conceal the injuries he had inflicted on his children,” prosecutors said in the release.

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When he returned home days later, his parents and brother noticed the children’s bruises and injuries and called the authorities.

Questioned by police, Tennant denied harming the children and falsely blamed another family member for their injuries, prosecutors said in the release.

Despite admitting that he knew the children had been injured severely, he never attempted to seek medical treatment for them.

During the trial, witnesses from the Department of Family and Children’s Services testified that the bruising “was some of the worst that had been seen in their career[s],” prosecutors said in the release.

A forensic pediatric medical doctor from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified that the injuries were the result of “repeated strikes using a great degree of force.”

"Child abuse and crimes against children will always be aggressively prosecuted by my office and [Assistant District Attorney Deanna] Reisman's prosecution team and the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office did an amazing job in doing that in this case," District Attorney Clayton M. Fuller said in the release.

He added, "This child abuser will have plenty of time to clean his room in the Department of Corrections."

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