Father arrested after school officials notify police of marks on young boy

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.

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4 comments

    • Joe

      Dad may or may not be an animal but he was sure acting like one. I would call him a complete idiot. People who abuse children should never be allowed to have more. Part of their punishment should include getting fixed.

  • Joe

    WTH is wrong with this man? Why would it ever be necessary to beat a 6 year old with a belt or wire hanger? Mom also needs to be arrested because she knew what dad was doing and did nothing to stop it. The little boy is not safe with either of them and fortunately, the school found out about this before it went on any longer. Shame on the ignorant parents. They should be ashamed, and if grandma or grandpa knew about it, they should be ashamed as well.

  • Squeaky Wheeler

    That is just sad. I’m for corporal punishment, but (essentially) beating a six year old is uncalled for. That whole family needs to go to parenting classes and hang out with other people with kids. In my limited experience, people who don’t socialize outside the home tend to be the most abusive.

    Family is the best place for the 6 year old to be, but his parents definitely need a support system for better parenting.