Father beat his four-year-old son because he couldn’t pronounce the word ‘four’ properly
When Devon John Eason’s 4-year-old son couldn’t pronounce the word ‘four,’ authorities in Maryland say the father beat the boy severely enough to send him to the hospital.
The Herald-Mail newspaper reports court records show the 33-year-old Eason faces second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault charges.
Documents say the boy’s mother took him to a hospital around 3am on February 28 with bruises on his head, face, back, buttocks and one leg. Some of his hair had been pulled from his scalp.
Hospital officials determined the injuries were consistent with physical abuse.
The boy told investigators his father beat him because he was mad he couldn’t pronounce the word ‘four’ properly.
He said his dad scratched his face, pulled his hair and hit him ‘too many times’.
The child’s six-year-old brother also told detectives he saw the beating.
The boy’s mother said she noticed his injuries when she returned home from work the night of February 27. She then ordered Eason out of the house, and called a relative to help her take her son to the hospital.
Eason, who lives in the Hagerstown area, was ordered held without bail at his first hearing on Wednesday.
Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison told visiting District Judge Ralph H. France II that Eason was a stay-at-home dad who had been out of work for a year after losing his transportation.
If released on bail, Hutchinson said his client would stay with relatives.
Prosecutors asked that bail be set no lower than $250,000 since Eason was already on probation for a conviction of driving under the influence and that he be ordered not to have contact with minors.
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