According to the acting public safety director for Newark, the 48-year-old suspect abused his 13-year-old son at the family’s home, which is located on the 20 block of Norwood Street in Newark, New Jersey.
Employees at the boy’s school saw that he had significant injuries, so they got in touch with the boy’s mother. The victim’s mom then contacted the Newark Police Department, prompting police to investigate the incident.
Members of the Newark Police Department Special Victims Unit conducted an investigation and eventually determined that enough evidence existed to arrest the suspect. The suspect was subsequently charged with child endangerment and cruelty to a child.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the serious criminal charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, anyone who causes harm to a child can be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Additionally, the penalties imposed under the NJ criminal statute can be more severe when the offender is related to the victim.
After being placed under arrest, the suspect was remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $35K bail amount.
The Newark Police Department is asking that anyone with information about crimes against children or anyone else in Newark NJ please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Who Allegedly Disciplined Son with Cord Arrested in Newark.”