Report By: Nina Rai
EL CENTRO, California
09 June, 2012
Authorities have arrested an Imperial Valley water agency director on suspicion of felony child abuse after he was allegedly caught on camera, whipping his stepson over a game of catch.
The video shot by a neighbor shows 34-year-old Anthony Sanchez playing a game of catch with his stepson. When the boy drops the baseball, Sanchez approaches him and begins to apparently thrash him with a belt.
An infuriated neighbor,, filmed the incident on Wednesday morning (June 06) from inside his home and unable to bear the sight, felt he just had to step in.
Lopez told the stepfather “That’s enough. I’m having a (expletive) problem with you for beating the (expletive) out of him because he won’t catch the damn ball.” At which an angry Sanchez asks him if he knows his son.
To which Lopez responded that he didn’t know his son “but I’m watching you. I’m a (expletive) father too.” To which Sanchez replied: “Why don’t you come over here and teach me?”
After which Lopez posted the video online and on FB and even gave it to the authorities. Following which Anthony Sanchez, who is the Imperial Irrigation District Director has been arrested on Friday, June 8 on alleged felony child abuse.
Sanchez is currently being held on $100,000 bail. Meanwhile, Sanchez’s lawyer while acknowledging the video as being disturbing to watch, urged people to be patient till more details emerge before jumping to conclusions.
However, Good Samaritan Lopez is firm about what he saw and is glad he stepped in to stop the alleged child abuse. His advice to everyone: “You don’t have to be a police officer to stop something … Just speak up.”
Check: Video and judge for yourself
Source: ABC News
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