A Bellmead, Texas, man is accused of assaulting a 4-year-old relative to “toughen him up” and attacking a disabled Good Samaritan who tried to step in.
Cops were called Wednesday morning after Bradley Santana Monrail, 29, allegedly knocked the young family member off his bicycle. After pushing the boy off his bike, Monrail purportedly continued to strike him.
“[Monrail] felt like he had the right to rough him up to try to make him tougher when he pushed him off the bicycle,” Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “He said he was trying to toughen him up to help him from being bullied, so he basically bullied the 4-year-old from being bullied.”
Martin claimed the Bellmead man also assaulted a 39-year-old man with mental disabilities who attempted to intervene.
The 4-year-old and Good Samaritan suffered only minor injuries.
Monrail was charged with injury to a child and charge of injury to a disabled person—both third-degree felonies. As of Friday, the 29-year-old remained in the McLennan County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
In August 2015, a Franklin Township, Pennsylvania, man supposedly also claimed he punched his 5-year-old son in the stomach and threw him to the floor to “toughen” him up.
“Mommy, daddy beat me up, too, this weekend. He punched me in the face, then kneed me in the head. He was mad at me for no reason, Mommy, and was just hitting me. I was crying very hard and I don’t know why Daddy hates me,” the mother told authorities, according to the Times Leader.
In addition to saying the boy needed to “toughen up,” John N. Deyo allegedly said that he was “just playing.”
The father was charged with simple assault and endangering the welfare of children.
[Feature Photo: Bellmead Police Department]