21-Year-Old Man Put Hot Sauce in the Mouth of His Girlfriend’s Three-Year-Old Son and Taped It Shut Before Abandoning Him in a Hotel Room For Hours
There are few stories that garner more shock and outrage than those concerning child abuse, because it is universally horrific to hear of those that are the most vulnerable and fragile among us being subjected to such awful crimes. Case in point: the case of Christopher Delcid, who put hot sauce in his girlfriend’s son’s mouth before taping it shut and leaving him in a hotel room.
Christopher Delcid, 21, was held on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday to assault and battery on a child and child abandonment.
The boy was found alone in the Danvers hotel room Tuesday. The child told police that bruises on his body were caused by his ‘daddy’ who hit him with a shoe and a belt as punishment.
… Delcid is not the child’s biological father, but is the father of his two younger siblings with the boy’s mother, Katherine Rodriguez. She has also been arraigned on child abuse charges.
Police responded to the Extended Stay America hotel in Danvers after the hotel’s front desk received a call from Delcid’s sister concerned about the child.
Officers knocked repeatedly before asking a manager to let them in.
There they found the toddler lying on a mattress in the corner of the room, alone.
He told officers he’d been left there while Rodriguez, Delcid and his two siblings had gone out with friends because he had been ‘bad,’ reports the Salem News.
He had multiple injuries, and was able to explain how he sustained each one.
A scratch on his face, he told police, he did to himself. He was trying to remove tape from his lips, placed there by his ‘daddy’ after he’d filled the child’s mouth with hot sauce.
A bruise on his calf was caused by Delcid hitting him with a shoe.
Other injuries included bruising to his side and buttocks caused by Delcid hitting him with a belt, a black eye from being punched, and marks around his wrists where they were bound with tape, the boy told police.
The mother likewise had not returned for her son after several hours. And it must be pointed out that the man in question was this woman’s boyfriend, but not the father of the abused child — which has been found to put children at a higher risk of physical and sexual abuse. It’s unfortunate that this child became another of those statistics.
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