The evidence showed that Pride repeatedly whipped a 22-month-old boy on his genitals, causing bleeding and leaving welts, on Aug. 17, 2012, at an Austell residence.
He was convicted of one count of cruelty to children in the first degree, which carries a punishment of five to 20 years in prison.
The jury deadlocked on a second count of the same charge, which accused Pride of enticing an older child to say the child had inflicted the beating on the toddler.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Rob Leonard set sentencing for 8:30 a.m. today.
“This wasn’t an accident. This was malicious,” said Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring. “And it was all because of potty training. Mr. Pride struck a 22-month-old baby in the groin multiple times because he wouldn’t pee in the potty. This man’s actions are the definition of malice.”
The trial began Monday with jury selection. Atlanta attorney Lawrence Daniel was appointed to represent Pride.