Man Beats Step Son For Not Catching Ball

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FanniesBUTTFKR

Beckley, WV

#1 Jun 10, 2012
An elected official in California has been arrested on accusations of felony child abuse after a neighbor videotaped him beating his stepson with a belt during a backyard game of catch, authorities told CNN Saturday.

Anthony Sanchez, 34, a director with the Imperial County Irrigation District, turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon, said Imperial County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Sheppeard.
Sanchez, a resident of Heber, was released Friday after posting bond on $100,000 bail. Sanchez is also a T-ball and soccer coach/

But Childers said he doesn't agree that the videotaped interaction between Sanchez and his 10-year-old stepson warrants the stiff charge of felony child abuse, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in state prison.

"Certainly the video is hard to watch. We acknowledge that," Childers told CNN. "The question concerning that though is, was this criminal conduct under California law, and if so, is this the most serious type of child abuse? Is this an appropriate charge? What's appropriate here and what is criminal conduct is what is the issue here."

"Mr. Sanchez has been a model citizen. He's an elected official in our community. Up until this incident, his background is what you would expect of someone in leadership," Childers said.

The videotape was made Wednesday, Childers said.

In the video, a neighbor holds a camera from inside the second story of a home, taping Sanchez and the stepson playing catch with a baseball.

In the 88-second recording, Sanchez and the boy are both wearing mitts, and Sanchez walks toward the boy and, in a confrontation, strikes the boy on his rear-end on three separate occasions with a belt.

The boy appears to cry and tries to shield himself from the whipping. Sanchez appears angry, pointing his finger at the boy.

The neighbor, a man, then shouts and uses profanity through a screen and window blinds:

"That's enough..." the man yells. "That's enough!

Sanchez, who's now off camera, says something to the neighbor about having "a problem with the way I'm raising..." and his voice trails off.

Neighbor: "I have a habit, a ... problem with you beating the ... out of him because he won't catch the damn ball."

Sanchez: "You know my son?"

Neighbor: "I don't know your son, but I'm watching. I'm a ... father, too."

Sanchez: "Oh yeah?"

Neighbor: "There's got to be a better way to treat him than ... trying to teach with a ball like that."

Sanchez says something inaudible.

Neighbor: "Why don't you come over here and teach me!"

As the neighbor suddenly bangs the window blinds with the camera and gets ready to move, a woman in the background blurts out: "Oh, my God, Oscar."

The tape ends.

Regarding that abrupt ending to an escalating confrontation, Sheppeard of the sheriff's department said that "there wasn't any additional crimes committed after the camera came off. "At least we haven't established that at this point."

The neighbor couldn't be reached for comment Saturday.

Said Sheppeard about the videotape: "It's an important part of our investigation, but it's not the only information and evidence that we obtained over a two-day investigation. And we're continuing to gather information."

Sanchez's wife, the stepson and a child born to Sanchez and his wife were in Alabama on Saturday on a long-planned summer vacation and couldn't be reached for comment, Childers said.

In the wake of the incident and arrest, Sanchez decided not to join his family on the vacation, the attorney said.

"He has not had direct contact with his stepson," Childers said Saturday. "My conversation with Mr. Sanchez has been focused on the legal aspects and cooperating with the investigation. The political concerns for this are secondary. We're still waiting to find out what the district attorney is going to do."

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fannie

Ripley, WV

#2 Jun 10, 2012
I'm sure that filthy nasty gay ANDRE GAYNOGE would like to "teach" boys how to catch balls.
This ANDRE GAYNOGE gay is creepy posting stories about child abuse.

Never,ever allow your children around gays, they are sadistic con artists looking to prey on children.
Aware

United States

#3 Jun 25, 2012
You should see how some of these parents treat their children where sports is concerned. I often wonder, if they treat them like that in public, how do they treat them when nobody is around? I have set at a ballgame and heard parents scream, and threaten to pull them off the field and beat their butt, call them names like stupid or dummy. You know there is several different types of abuse and this is one of them. The parents take all the fun out of a ballgame for these children, I know we are supose to teach our children to be the best that they can be, but there is a right way to do so. I think there should be a social worker come and set at every ballgame around, you think that there is a shortage of foster homes now, the president would have to declare a state of emergecy for more foster homes. I think that that neighbor did the right thing videoing that dad, because these children need someone to speak out for them. Shame on any parent that would punish any child that does"t catch the ball, especially with a belt, that is even worse.
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Samantha

United States

#6 Apr 10, 2013
fannie wrote:
I'm sure that filthy nasty gay ANDRE GAYNOGE would like to "teach" boys how to catch balls.
This ANDRE GAYNOGE gay is creepy posting stories about child abuse.
Never,ever allow your children around gays, they are sadistic con artists looking to prey on children.
You're an idiot for saying not to let children around gays! Statistics state that over 90% of pedophiles and child abusers are white heterosexual males!
samantha

Williamson, WV

#7 Apr 11, 2013
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