A Texas boy who saw his two-year-old disabled little brother being beaten and shaken by his father secretly recorded the incident and took the video to school and showed his teacher.
Austin American Statesman reports that the 6th grade boy at Leander Middle School told his teacher and other officials at the school that his 2-year-old disabled brother was often beaten with a belt and a fly swatter. The boy reported that his 48-year-old father, Alejandro Gonzalez, would also shake his little brother violently while toddler sat in his high chair trying to eat. The abuse occurred inside the family’s home off of Snelling Drive in Leander.
According to a police affidavit, Gonzalez would grow impatient when the toddler didn’t swallow his food fast enough. The 2-year-old has cerebral palsy, which makes it difficult for him to swallow and chew.
The older brother used his cellphone to record the incident. He also took pictures of bruises and welts on his little brother’s body. A police officer watch the video and saw the photos, and confirmed that the t2-year-old boy had red spots and welts on his lower back and buttocks.
Gonzalez was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony of injury to a child. He remains behind bars at the Williamson County Jail with a $100,000 bail amount. If convicted, he could spend up to 10 years in prison.
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[Feature Photo: Williamson County Jail]