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Boy Beaten With a 2 x 4 for Slow Homework Completion

By Andi Bryant     Oct 26, 2007 in Crime
A Fairfield, CT man is being held on $750,000 bond after he bound and beat his 13 year old son with a 2 x 4. His torture-type punishment was the result of his slow completion of his homework assignments.
41 year old David Rodriguez bound his son to a pole by his wrists and ankles in the family basement with duct tape and zip-ties, and beat his buttocks with a 2 x 4 on Monday. The boy endured at least seven strikes until the board finally broke. According to police, the beating was the result of the boy's slow completion of his homework assignments.
Rodriguez then left the house, threatening to return in one hour, but failed to as he knew police would have been notified. And notified they were; the 13 year old boy called 911 after his 13 year old sister freed him from his restraints.
Fairfield Police Captain Gary MacNamara said of the incident, "This case goes far beyond parental discipline and is more in the realm of a degrading and brutal assault on a 13-year-old. It is much more in the realm of torture."
The boy refused medical treatment when police arrived, but was later brought to the hospital by his mother. She was not home at the time of the assault.
Rodriguez was taken into custody by police in Norwalk on Tuesday as he was readying to flee the state. He was held on $750,000 bond after his Wednesday arraignment in Bridgeport Superior Court, where he faced charges of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor. He will return to court on November 8.
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