A Utah man is facing charges after police say he beat his child for bringing home bad grades.
Fox Salt Lake City reports that the incident happened Tuesday after an 11-year-old boy was taken to the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City with multiple concussions. Authorities interviewed the child, who said that his father became enraged after seeing his grades from school.
The name of the father is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.
A police report indicated that the father instructed the boy to put out both hands. When the boy complied, the suspect allegedly beat the child in the head, legs, back, and arms. The boy said his father also told him he was going to kill him.
The suspect then allegedly told another child in the home to get a cord. The victim saw a chance to escape and fled to the neighbor’s house for help.
Authorities said the victim had large, oval-shaped bruises on his back, head, legs, and arms.
When investigators spoke with the child’s grandmother, she said she received a call from the boy’s mother, who said the suspect threatened to beat her as well if she didn’t help him, according to police.
The suspect, who has a history of domestic abuse, ultimately admitted to investigators that he “lost it” over his son’s grade. He’s been charged with child abuse.
It’s unclear if the child was taken into child protective services custody. Check back for updates.
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