HUNTSVILLE — A Helenwood man charged in February with child abuse has been cleared of that charge following a preliminary hearing in Scott County General Sessions Court.

Following the preliminary hearing on March 15, General Sessions Court Judge James L. (Jamie) Cotton Jr. found lack of probable cause to send the case against Gregory M. Woodward, 37, to a grand jury and ordered the charge dismissed.

Woodward was charged in February, after his girlfriend — Jodi M. King, 25, of Oneida — alleged that he struck a child for peeing on the floor of the couple's Oneida residence.

King, who is the child's mother, allegedly showed investigators photos she had taken four days before contacting authorities about the incident, according to court records that were filed at the time.

It was alleged at the time of the incident that King sent a profanity-laced text message to Woodward the following day, saying, "If I didn't (expletive) love u u would be in jail from last night and out of my (expletive) life."

Woodward's attorney, John W. Galloway Jr., said that the charges were dismissed following the March preliminary hearing.

"After hearing testimony from Oneida Police Department officers, the co-defendant, and Mr. Woodward, the charges were dismissed as Judge Cotton found a lack of probable cause," Galloway said.