The issue came to school officials’ attention after the child came to school Thursday with one side of his face noticeable swollen. According to an arrest report the child admitted to Child Protective Services that before leaving for school that morning his father had struck him multiple times on the face and ear, as well as kicked him in the ribs.
Police said markings and swelling were visible on the child and the child was complaining he was having trouble breathing due to the injury on his side.
Furthermore, the child told a CPS investigator that this was a normal form of punishment from the father and step-mother. According to the arrest report the child said the step-mother had even tied him up so that the father could beat him without the child attempting to defend himself.
The child also told CPS his father has used electrical cords, a bamboo stick and belts to punish the child. According to the arrest report the step-mother had also used a metal cooking spoon to beat the child on the hands.
Police said injuries from past incidents were visible in scars and open sores on the child’s body.
When police spoke with the father of the child he admitted to having those items in his home, but denied ever using them on the child.
Rakesh Persaud, 39, and Roseanna Prasnauth, 34, were charged with cruelty towards a child – aggravated child abuse and taken to the Seminole County jail.