Texas Man Hits 4-Year-Old Son With Belt and Force-Feeds Him Hot Sauce for Swearing

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
April 28, 2019 Updated: April 28, 2019

A Texas man was arrested by Leander police after he hit his 4-year-son with a belt and force-fed him with hot sauce for saying a curse word on April 21.

San Antonio resident Demitro Revillas, 24 poured hot sauce into his son’s mouth for about four minutes while the child kept pleading with him to stop, reported KXAN.

He is charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony, and could face up to 10 years in prison, according to The Statesman.

The police warrant said that Revillas and his wife were staying with their cousin when the incident happened and are involved with a Child Protective Services safety plan concerning their other children.

The police got a call from the cousin on Sunday night. The cousin told the police that Revillas hit the child on the face and knocked him down when he swore. Since the child refused to admit to cursing, the father walked the child to the kitchen and poured hot sauce in his mouth.

The cousin could hear the child choking while Revillas force-fed him. The child continued to refuse to admit cursing and the father then locked him in the bathroom.

The child later told the police that he was hit in his face with a belt and bruises were visible.

The father was in Williamson County Jail with bail set for $40,000.

In another case of violent parenting, a 5-year-old was allegedly beaten to death by her New Mexico father on April 5 for refusing to do homework, according to the Albuquerque Police.

Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau, who was beaten with a water shoe, had moved from to Albuquerque from California five years ago to live with her 37-year-old father, Brandon Reynolds.

The Albuquerque Fire Rescue paramedics were called to an apartment on the 1400 block of Amherst, near Gibson and Carlisle about 1 a.m. on Friday, regarding a child possibly in cardiac arrest.

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Reynolds told paramedics that Sarah was suffering from heart problems.

The paramedics administered treatment to Sarah and called the police. They then transported her to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she died.

There were many inconsistencies in what Reynold told police and they could see that the child was brutally beaten up.

“The injuries were not consistent with what they were told,” said Officer Simon Drobik of the Albuquerque Police Department, according to My Sun Coast.

“It appears that this father brutally beat this child,” said Drobik.

There were multiple bruises on the child including on her back and on the left side of her body. The bruising pattern on her right abdomen matched that of a shoe, reported NBC.

Neighbors told police that Reynold was a strict dad but they never saw him spanking her in public.

Initially, the father told police that the child stopped breathing just before she went to bed. However, neighbors told law enforcement that the father was allegedly overheard saying “get up!” This commotion was followed by the sound of something being stuck.

“She heard him yelling at her, then she came outside to take a breath and then that’s when she saw the ambulance,” a neighbor told ABC.

In an interview later, Reynolds told police that he got “triggered” after Sarah said she didn’t want to do homework and “that’s when the discipline set in.”

The father also told police that he later realized Sarah was lethargic and took her to the living room to ice her wounds, according to NBC.

“The spanking got so bad she wasn’t mobile,” Reynolds told police. He then realized that he had beaten her on the back, legs, arms, and chest. After putting her to bed, he saw that she was not breathing well and that her heartbeat was faint.

Reynolds, who has no criminal record in New Mexico, then brought her to the living room and tried to give her first aid and called for help.

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