WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 46-year-old Maryland man is facing multiple charges after physically abusing his 14-year-old son and gave the teen, who’s been suicidal, a shotgun.
- Anthony Lewis allegedly told his son, “Just do it” after putting the shotgun into the teen’s hands earlier this year, according to court documents obtained by ABC station WMAR in Baltimore.
- The teen told police that on at least three instances, his father beat him with a belt 20 times each and strangled him, too.
A 46-year-old Maryland father was arrested after he allegedly handed his 14-year-old son — who claimed he was having suicidal thoughts — a shotgun and told the boy: “Just do it.”
Anthony Jerome Lewis of Odenton in Anne Arundel County, was taken into custody last week after the incident. It’s not yet clear when the incident happened, but Lewis’ son told investigators on Wednesday he was abused on many occasions between January and June of this year.
The high school student told his parents he had felt suicidal, on one occasion, which is when Lewis allegedly forced a shotgun between the boy’s legs and forced his hands toward the trigger, the Capital Gazette reported, citing court records.
Lewis allegedly told the teenager to “do it” and “end it now” before the boy went to his room and locked the door.
The boy also told authorities there were a number of other abusive incidents at the hands of his father. He said during a six-month period earlier this year, his father hit him at least three times with a belt or extension cord — with more than 20 lashes comprising each incident, according to WMAR-TV.
The teenager also claimed that on another occasion, his father choked him so hard he saw “weird colors.” The boy said he was once removed from school for “homeschooling,” but ended up doing household chores.
He said he was fed properly, but was only allowed to use the bathroom when he asked for permission. He told authorities he was “forced to stay in his room with no television, phone or internet access when not doing the chores.”
On Thursday’s hearing, Lewis was ordered held without bond and to have no contact with his son. The judge reportedly called Lewis a public safety risk, but the father argued he was not a threat to his son, nor was he a flight risk.
Lewis was charged with first- and second-degree assault, coercion, participation and providing the means of assisted suicide, reckless endangerment, firearm use and child abuse.
Source: Fox News