A mother and father in Florida are facing serious child neglect charges after their son was found bloodied and beaten at a mall on Sunday.
According to an arrest report, authorities were called to the Bloomingdales Outlet store in Dolphin Mall to check on a child who had allegedly been battered.
As ClickOrlando reports, authorities decided to talk to the boy’s father, 28-year-old Mariano Pinar, first.
While the boy, whose age has not been released, stood on the sidewalk with his mother, police officers spoke with Pinar.
According to authorities, Pinar was incredibly nervous and evasive when he spoke with police, and he soon broke down and confessed that he had beaten his son with a belt before they arrived.
During his interview with authorities, Pinar reportedly admitted that he struck the boy with the belt because he couldn’t keep quiet.
The officer said the boy “was nervous, shaking, crying and afraid to speak to me.”
Police officers quickly turned their attention toward the boy’s mother, 27-year-old Dazny Torres, who was also reportedly very evasive.
“I am sorry, but he wouldn’t shut up,” the officer said Torres confessed to him in Spanish.
Authorities say the boy was immediately separated from his parents and check out by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue for more injuries.
According to ClickOrlando, the officer also noted that there appeared to be a painful red welt across the boy’s back.
The police report shows that a further examination of the boy found cavities inside his mouth that were so severe and dangerous that he actually had holes in his molars.
According to the report, the young boy had a huge scar on his head that ran from the back of his skull to the front.
When asked about his injuries, the boy reportedly told the officer, “My mom is the bad one. Dad just hit me today,” the report said.
In fact, the boy actually told the officer that his mother had previously struck him in the head with a belt, which is how he got the scar in the first place.
Pinar and Torres were both arrested and are being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
“It was rather disturbing, it was an unfortunate case where the child had been severely abused to the extent that he had visible injuries and he was bleeding,” Sweetwater Police Chief Placido Diaz said.
It is not immediately clear who took custody of the child after his parents were arrested.