Police: Man arrested after hitting child at least 62 times in five minutes with belt
Horrific footage surfaced capturing a man hitting a 7-year-old boy at least 62 times with a belt in five minutes, Harris County police said Friday.
A roadside camera had been set up to catch illegal trash dumping on the side of the street in Houston, Texas, but instead caught the incident which occurred on Thursday, Feb. 16.
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In the clip, a man is seen knocking the boy to ground after repeatedly hitting him in the head, torso, shoulders and buttocks several times.
A police deputy noticed the altercation while monitoring the cameras Friday evening. In less than four hours, police had taken the alleged abuser, Kordarell Williams, 27, into custody.
"This guy ravaged this kid, he was hit 62 times, we counted," local officer Constable Alan Rosen said. "He was bent over the hood of a car and hit with a belt. It's just an extremely sad situation."
Williams faces charges of causing injury to a child. The boy -- who has no biological connection to Williams -- is the son of his girlfriend.
The boy was transported to a hospital for medical attention following Williams' arrest. Child Protective Services told KTRK that it does not have custody of the child.
"I'm proud and relieved that quick action by our deputies led to the arrest and to medical care for the child, and that justice will be done," Constable Alan Rosen said in a news release. "As a law enforcement leader, a parent and a life-long member of this community, I'm deeply concerned and upset by such an incident."