A Bartow, Fla. man is accused of beating a 2-year-old boy with a coat hangerbecause he couldn’t pronounce his sister’s name.
David Lee Sinnett was arrested after the alleged incident on Wednesday night, according to BayNews9.
Deputies said Sinnett, 32, hit the child because the boy, who has a speech impediment, could not pronounce his sister’s name correctly.
Sinnett admitted to police that he gets frustrated with the boy’s inability to pronounce his sister’s name correctly because he thinks the boy “does not try,” BayNews reports. Sinnett admitted to hitting the boy twice on the back, but said it was because he was too close to a wall outlet, an arrest report obtained by BayNews said.
The Sun Sentinel blog reports that Sinnett is also accused of fracturing the boy’s orbital bone between his right eye and nose. A doctor who examined the boy said the eye injury could result in the boy having permanent eye damage, or even losing his eye, according to the arrest report.
Sinnett was charged with aggravated child abuse. He has 15 years of previous convictions, the Sentinel reports.
During his first appearance in court on his latest charge, Sinnett allegedly told the judge, “”Y’all just arrested me for nothing,” and, “It’s a setup, I know what’s going on,” according to The Ledger.
Sinnett faces up to 30 years if convicted of aggravated child abuse.