WARNING VIDEO IS GRAPHIC
HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC/NBC News) – A Texas man has been charged with child abuse after investigators said he hit a 7-year-old boy 62 times within five minutes.
The incident was witnessed by a bystander who called police, and was captured by a surveillance camera near the man’s Houston apartment.
“He saw a vehicle pull up at one of our illegal dumping sites and saw a man get out of a car and take a young child out of the car and proceed to just beat him senselessly,” said Harris County Constable Alan Rosen.
Investigators said Kordarell Williams, 27, used his hands and a belt to hit his girlfriend’s 7-year-old son all over his body.
“He struck this child 62 times, put him in a headlock and knocked him over on numerous occasions with the blows,” said Rosen.
Investigators used the license plate in the video to track Williams down and in three hours, deputies arrested him.
“They observed the complainant to have bruising on both eyes and a swollen right eye, welts on his buttocks, legs and welts on his chest and bruising on his neck,” said the prosecutor.
Williams admitted to investigators he hit the boy, but only 16 times, for stealing a phone charger.
“This is just hard for me to describe. The brutalness of how he beat this child,” said Rosen.
The boy allegedly told deputies Williams had beat him in the past.
The boy was in child protective services custody. Williams was behind bars on a $30,000 bond.