Child abuse is unacceptable
Summerville Police responded to a residence in Summerville Place, Nov. 6, when a mother reported her second grader had been repeatedly struck with a belt by her boyfriend.
According to the man, he had come to the residence, texted the child to let him in but got no response.
When he entered the residence and asked the boy why he had not responded, the child told him he had left his cell phone at school.
The man told police he had taken his belt and whipped the child with it, leaving welts on the child’s back, legs and arms.
The boy said after the beating he was told to put the dishes away but when asked again where the cell phone was and his answer was not believed he was struck again.
He also told police this was not the first time, he had been struck with a fist in the chest a few months earlier.
His grandmother, who was sick in bed, called his mother who left work and returned home, called the police and pressed charges.
The suspect said the mother has asked him in the past to discipline the child.
Police notified the Department of Social Services and are investigating.