A Jefferson City man has been charged with abuse or neglect of a child.
Richard Collier, 40, was charged Thursday, according to Cole County court records.
The alleged abuse occurred Wednesday in the 700 block of Maple Street.
Collier said a boy was sitting in his lap and he tried to push the child off, twice. He then used his right hand and hit the child in the side of the head, causing one of the child's eyes to swell. Collier told officers he didn't mean to hit the child.
Court records show Collier has a lengthy criminal history, including escaping from a correctional facility and indecent solicitation of a child.