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Beat Him Till He Catches It

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KTLA) — An Imperial Valley water agency director has been arrested after he was allegedly caught on video beating his stepson over a game of catch.

The video shows a man playing a game of catch with his young stepson. The boy drops the ball, and that’s when the man, identified by authorities as Anthony Sanchez, begins whipping him with a belt.

Neighbor Oscar Lopez shot the video Wednesday morning from inside his home. After a minute, Lopez can be heard on the tape telling Sanchez to stop.

“I’m a [expletive] father too,” Lopez says.

Lopez posted the video on Facebook and YouTube before turning it in to authorities on Thursday.

Sanchez, 34, was elected to the Board of Directors for the Imperial Irrigation District in 2006. His district includes the city of Calexico, the community of Heber and the majority of the city of Holtville.

He was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony child abuse and is being held on $100,000 bail

15 Comments to Beat Him Till He Catches It

  1. Oh those mexi’s and their temper. I blame the mother for marrying this tijuana trash.

  2. loki on June 18th, 2012
  3. Disgusting.

  4. Angie on June 18th, 2012
  5. I got a lot worse when I was a kid.

  6. Missy on June 18th, 2012
  7. There is further information to be heard before reaching conclusions? What fact could possibly justify beating your child like that. He is a whimp who beats kids, but does not have the courage to stand up to the man challenging him? That is child abuse and he should face jail time and the mother should too! Marrying a man who beats her kids! Both parents should be called into question and the kids should stay with a friend or family member.

  8. Lillian on June 18th, 2012
  9. Thanks a lot, creep! There’s plenty of stepparents out there who are raising stepkids who get all the responsiblity but no rights! You are not helping the ones who TRY to make a difference in their stepkids’ lives! When my stepson was a child, and we had custody of him; I got constant hell from his biological mother for STUPID stuff!

  10. Betsy Taylor on June 18th, 2012
  11. My dad used to beat me with a belt all the time. How is that a crime?

  12. Billy on June 18th, 2012
  13. Stories like this drive me insane, people beating their kids for not learning fast enough. What a bunch of scum bags. I see stories like this all the time dad beats son for falling off bike or dropping a ball in the last year alone just in phoenix I’ve seen two cases where mothers have beat their children to death or wetting the bed. As a parent who is teaching my son both these skills right now I could never imagine beating him for having an accident or taking time to learn a new skill. This A S S hat should never get to see that boy again and spend the rest of his life in jail and his mom has a lot of answering to do for not stopping this and protecting her child.

  14. It aint going to lick itself on June 18th, 2012
  15. What a scumbag and to Billy, it’s wrong when all the kid did was drop a ball

  16. Ron on June 19th, 2012
  17. Damn Mexicans

  18. Sage on June 19th, 2012
  19. This asshole needs to be beaten within an inch of his life…then when he thinks the beating is over,he is beaten more until he dies. Whomever shot the video should have beaten the shit out of him before calling the cops. I hope the mother is smart enough to divorce him.

  20. angela on June 20th, 2012
  21. The neighbor shot the video and put it on Facebook and YouTube BEFORE turning it over to authorities? That’s pretty bad in and of itself, but what’s actually happening? Some people shouldn’t be allowed to have kids. This jerk is one of them. And this is yet another reason why I hate sports…look what they do to people.

  22. Kendall on June 23rd, 2012
  23. to everyone who commented this and said there was nothing wrong with this, you guys are idiots! its a crime to abuse a child, if you dont get that then there must be something wrong in your head!!

  24. siera on June 23rd, 2012
  25. Kendall I’m hoping he posted the video online first to ensure the cops did what they needed to, In our city many times evidence is ignored especially in cases involving an official, This way too many people saw it for the police to pretend like it didn’t happen.

  26. Scorpio on June 24th, 2012
  27. This makes me sick to watch. From my own personal experience….this is usually how things are handled with step children. I had a step parent that beat us. I don’t even have words for this….watching that poor baby hop up an down because of the physical pain that belt caused…..sick….sick…..sick

  28. Connie on August 12th, 2012
  29. Did no one else realize that that’s not a football… Maybe someone should beat that guy for being so dumb

  30. Youareallstupid on August 16th, 2012

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