SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Thanks to a tip from a little boy’s school, a relative was arrested, accused of beating the boy and trying to humiliate him at his school.
The man is out on $15,000 bail. A photo we opted not to air, shows deep flesh wounds on the boy’s back and leg. This all was discovered after the boy’s school alerted authorities.
Felicio Hernandez Flores II is the man Live Oak Police say beat his 9-year-old relative with a back scratcher and phone cord.
Flores is also accused of sending the boy to school with a unique haircut and wearing formal clothes, as a way to try embarrass him in front of his classmates.
The 31-year-old was arrested on the 8100 block of Shin Oak Drive.
School officials were first alarmed when the boy said he simply couldn’t take part in his P.E. class because he was hurt. That’s when the school sprang into action.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, schools have out-reported any other group when it comes to child abuse.
That includes law enforcement, parents or relatives. In fact, last year alone, schools accounted for nearly one fifth of all reports.
John Lennan, from the department, said he couldn’t comment on this case directly but says teachers are specially trained to look out for warning signs of abuse.
“Unfortunately, for a child being abused and neglected, the classroom might be the child’s only safe haven,” Lennan said.
The Live Oak Police Department tells Fox News that the boy is doing OK, and described him as “sweet” and “embarrassed.”