Authorities in Arizona say a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of beating a juvenile female with an electrical cord as a form of corporal punishment earlier this month.
According to KNXV, officials from a school in the Buckeye area contacted police on January 11 to report a suspected case of child abuse.
Reports allege officers identified an array of red stripes on her body believed to have come from an electrical cord. Among them were 10 marks on her left arm and seven more on her right thigh.
Upon interviewing the preteen girl, police say she described receiving corporal punishment from the suspect.
Police say the girl identified the suspect as her father, as reported by KXXV.
She claimed Gonzalez beat her after she opted to walk to school with her brother instead of taking the school bus. Police allege she was also struck with the electrical cord when she failed to complete her chores.
Police arrested Gonzalez, who initially acknowledged things got “out of control” after he began hitting her with a belt. During their interview, the suspect reportedly told investigators that he wasn’t sure what he used to hit her.
A police report shows that “he thought it was a belt, but maybe it was a cord.”
Court records indicate Gonzalez is expected to face criminal charges including child abuse.
[Featured image: Alejandro Ocana Gonzalez, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]