Several charges of child abuse were dismissed against a Branson West man late last month.
Judge Alan Blankenship dismissed the charges against Douglas Martin Zwicky, 41, because prosecutors weren't ready to present their case against the man.
Authorities had alleged that Zwicky "tossed" his 3 year-old daughter across a room and hit her with a belt on her back, legs and buttocks when "he could not find his Oxycodone and Oxycontin."
Court records say that when Zwicky allegedly finished with his daughter he told his son "it was his turn" and grabbed him and threw him "across the room." Zwicky then allegedly "yanked him up by his arm and beat his backside in the same fashion he did his daughter."
The children's mother grabbed them and took them outside at which time "Mr. Zwicky threatened he was going to put a .35 in 2 peoples mouths." The woman told authorities she thought he was referring to her and a friend of the couple's who he thought stole his medication, which was later located in Zwicky's bedroom.
Prosecutor Matt Selby says he may re-file charges against Zwicky at a later date.