The Adair County Sheriff’s Office has arrest 34 year old Billy Ray Holtel on an allegation of felony child abuse. Authorities report Holtel allegedly used an electrical cord to abuse a 12 year old child at a residence in rural Adair County last week. The child received lacerations and bruising as a result of the beating. The Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident on Thursday by the Kirksville Police Department School Resource Officer when she was alerted to the incident by school officials. Following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, Kirksville Police Department and juvenile authorities, a warrant was obtained for Holtel’s arrest. He was taken into custody and transported to the Adair County Detention Center where, at last check, he was being held under a $25,000 cash only bond.