KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A father of a six-year-old boy is in custody after police say he beat his son for getting into trouble at school.
According to the police report, the boy was whipped with a belt. Police say the boy’s left arm and leg were bruised. School officials at Burke Elementary noticed the marks and contacted police just before 3 on Thursday afternoon.
The report said the father struck the boy with a belt at least three times. Police noted swelling and a large bruise that covered the boy’s triceps.
“What we look at, as far as maybe a criminal act instead of a disciplinary situation, is if marks are left on children in places that there shouldn’t be marks. If the discipline went to the extent that it caused injuries, that’s when it started to get into the criminal side of it,” said Capt. Tye Grant of the Kansas City Police Department.
The boy said his father used anything from wire clothes hangers to extension cords to hit him. It’s important to note that the man is in custody but has not been charged. That’s why we’re not identifying the man.