Wow. Talk about hearsay accusations. How do we know that the boy's mother is "not involved" in her son's life because she's "addicted to drugs"? Because dad GEORGE FABRIZIO told this woman so? The same nice custodial daddy who knocked his 7-year-old son into a cabinet for being "loud"--and then refused to take the kid to the hospital to get stitches for the gash in his head? The same dad who once hit this child hard enough to break his jaw--which also went undetected until the injury was found by a dentist? The same child that was dirty and not allowed to eat at a cookout?
Maybe Mom does have problems with drugs--maybe not. But drug problems are treatable. Being a violent, vicious @$$hole is not.
At any rate, I'd like to see more digging as to how this abusive father got custody, and from whom. And I just wouldn't accept a hearsay smear against the mother--especially by a violent control freak with a ulterior motive. The media should not report these accusations without evidence. Shame on the Salem News.
June 30, 2011
Police: Dad angry over noise abuses young child
By Julie Manganis
Staff writer The Salem News Thu Jun 30, 2011, 05:02 AM EDT
PEABODY — A Lynn father is being held without bail after police say he slapped his 7-year-old son hard enough to knock him into the corner of a cabinet, leaving a gash in his head, then refused to take the boy to the hospital for stitches.
It's not the first time George Fabrizio, 33, has abused the boy, police say.
The boy, who is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, also told police that his dad once hit him hard enough to break his jaw, an injury not discovered until a dentist visit, he told police.
He told police he "had to go live with his aunt and uncle for a year after that," according to a police report.
Fabrizio was arrested Monday evening on a charge of assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury.
Fabrizio and the boy were visiting a friend on Oak Street in Peabody on Monday afternoon. That friend lives there with his mother.
Two other children, ages 12 and 6, were playing with the boy, when Fabrizio apparently became angered by the noise, according to a police report.
The mother of Fabrizio's friend said Fabrizio hit the boy in the face, sending him into a speaker cabinet.
She and several others in the home suggested that Fabrizio take the boy to get stitches for the deep cut, but he refused, then threatened that if she told anyone, he would simply blame one of the other children in the home.
The woman's son then drove Fabrizio and his son back to Lynn.
The woman, who knew about the earlier incident, called police, concerned for the boy's safety, she said.
The boy's mother is not involved in his life and is addicted to drugs, the woman told police.
Lynn police found no one at home when they went to check on the boy at first. Meanwhile, Peabody police were getting an arrest warrant and filing a report of possible abuse with the Department of Children and Families.
Eventually, police found the boy back on Oak Street, where he was eating a bowl of macaroni and cheese. While he had clean clothes on, police described him as dirty.
The boy offered a similar account of what had happened, but added that his father told him that the next time he was "bad," he would hit him with a belt the way his own father did.
The woman also said that during a cookout at her home the day before, Sunday, Fabrizio had refused to let the boy eat.
Fabrizio pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment Tuesday in Peabody District Court, where Judge Richard Mori ordered him held without bail pending a hearing to determine whether he poses a danger if released.
That hearing is scheduled for July 5.