Felony charge for dad accused of spanking son over missed goal
ODESSA, Texas — A 31-year-old West Texas man faces a felony charge after allegedly spanking and leaving several welts on his 8-year-old son for missing a goal in a soccer match.
The Odessa American reports that Carlos Jesus Vasquez of Odessa was charged with injury to a child after the boy’s grandmother told police Wednesday that the boy’s great-grandmother found several dark red welts on the boy’s buttocks.
A probable cause affidavit stated the marks “were consistent with being hit with a belt.”
The boy told investigators his father hit him 10 to 20 times.
A police news release said that Vasquez acknowledged that he’d used too much force. Information on whether Vasquez had a lawyer was unavailable.