Monday, May 26, 2014

Dad assaults 12-year-old son for not wanting to check out boat (Siouz Falls, South Dakota)


Father, brother arrested for beating of 12-year-old

John Hult, 11:25 a.m. CDT May 20, 2014

A father and son were charged with child abuse and assault on Monday after reportedly beating and choking a 12-year-old boy.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens said the victim called police from his home on the 3000 block of E. Hayes Place at 10: 30 a.m. to report that he was being beaten by his father, 66-year-old Edgardo Erasmo Picchietti.

Pichietti told police he had wanted the boy to come along to the lake to check out his boat, Clemens said, but that the boy didn’t want to go and he had punished him by hitting him on the legs with a ruler.

The boy’s 18-year-old brother, Austin Lee Shepard, also became upset with the younger boy for not listening to the father and choked him, Clemens said.

Shepard was arrested on one count of aggravated assault. Picchietti was charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor.