BENNINGTON -- A local man is being held without bail for an incident that occurred Sunday at a local grocery store where he allegedly "whipped" a child into a shopping cart.

David J. King, 39, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of second degree aggravated domestic assault in violation of a court order, two counts of violating release conditions, and one count of possession of a controlled substance. He will be held until Feb. 12 where a hearing will determine what, if any, conditions he can be released on.

According to Bennington Police Sgt. Michael Plusch, on Sunday at 6:29 p.m. he spoke to a woman who said she had been in the Aldi parking lot off Northside Drive when she saw a man grab a small child by the shoulders and "whipped" him into a shopping cart. The child appeared to have suffered a whiplash injury, and was roughly placed in the cart and sworn at by the male.

Plusch located King in the store with a woman and a child. There were no marks on the child, who was running about the store and prevented from entering an employees only area by its mother. King was acting evasive, according to Plusch, and so his name was run through a police database. Plusch learned that King had been ordered by the court not to have contact with the woman and the child, and that a restraining order was also issued, but had yet to be served on King.

King was also found to be in possession of a Suboxone pill, which he said he had a prescription for but could not produce it.


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Suboxone is a drug used to treat opiate addiction.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.