COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) — The stepdad accused of shooting children with needle-tipped Nerf darts was ordered held on $1,000 cash bond Monday in Columbia County Court.
Brian Alexander, 33, faces three felony counts of child abuse-recklessly causing harm after investigators say he shot Nerf darts with sharp needles sticking out of them at his young step kids.
Alexander at first denied shooting the kids, telling investigators that the children had learned about the darts with needles on a YouTube video, according to the criminal complaint.
When told that the children had reported being shot with the darts, Alexander said he “may have done it once,” according to the complaint.
Later, when told that some of the children had marks consistent with being show with the needle darts, Alexander said he shot one of the children by accident, according to the complaint.
An investigation done by the sheriff’s office and Columbia County Health and Human Services revealed this behavior has been happening for a while.
Court records state one of the children said they were subjected to the needle darts “for not cleaning correctly.”
The children involved ranged in age from 6 to 9-years-old.
The father of one of the victims tells 27 News he believes Alexander is capable of such actions. “I haven’t like the man from day one,” the father tells 27 News.
Court records show the mother of the victims entered guilty pleas earlier this year in Juneau County Court to a battery charge, and two charges of neglecting a child. The woman is in a deferred prosecution program.
The same father tells 27 News he does not feel his son is safe in the Alexander household, and may petition to gain custody of his son.
“Maybe with two strikes against the household I actually have some ground to stand on,” the father says.
The grandmother of one of the victims also hopes the children are placed in safer settings. “I think they should be taken away and given to their fathers,” Rosie Cook tells 27 News.
Alexander’s bail conditions include no contact with the children unless it is supervised