November 16, 2008
Anthony Pavick / Amelia Contreras - Couple Arrested After 5-Year-Old Is Severely Beaten. Ear Partially Ripped From Head
Fort Meyers, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Amelia Contreras, 26, and her boyfriend Anthony Pavick, 24, have been arrested after police say a 5-year-old boy was severely injured in a brutal beating inflicted by Pavic, and then left to suffer for days by his mother, Contreras.
Amelia Contreras was arrested on child neglect charges shortly after her boyfriend, Anthony Pavick, was taken into custody on three counts of cruelty toward a child by aggravated abuse and one count of child neglect with great harm.
According to police, Pavick beat the 5-year-old child so severely that he suffered multiple injuries including a partially detached ear, penis lacerations, multiple bruises and facial injuries.
The victim's sister told Lee County authorities that Pavick would discipline the victim, by taking him into the bathroom, closing the door and then beating him repeatedly in the face, pulling hard on his penis and picking him up by his ears.
Despite the serious injuries that occurred, authorities say neither adult sought medical attention for several days after the assault.
Detectives say Contreras made an appointment with a doctor, but then decided to sleep in on the morning of the appointment. Police say she brought the victim to Lee Memorial Hospital on Nov. 4, but only after she made a trip to pick up methadone pills.
Initially, Contreras told hospital workers that the boy's injuries were were caused by a bicycle accident. When medical personnel saw that the injuries didn't match up with the injuries, they contacted authorities.
The hospital treated the boy's injuries and then released him, however the boy was hospitalized again when he began to lose consciousness during an interview. The boy was again released into the custody of his grandparents, only to be returned a third time when additional injuries were found.
Pavick was arrested on Thursday and Contreras was arrested on Friday after a brief investigation. Both adults are being held at the Lee County Jail. Pavick is being held on a $91,500 bond while Contreras was held on a $5,000 bond.
Court records indicate Pavick was previously married to another woman for 5 years. During that marriage, the woman reported four instances of domestic violence, telling authorities that he was an alcoholic who choked her, slammed her to the floor and urinated on the floor while forcing her to clean it up. The woman also told authorities she required surgery in the instance where he threw her to the floor.
"My husband is young, impulsive and violent and those factors create fear in me. I know he is capable of great violence," she wrote in a sworn affidavit.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
It's just amazing how long abuse can go on, before it is truly dealt with. Pavick's estranged with now lives in a domestic violence shelter - according to court records - yet he's running loose with another woman beating her kids senseless.
And what about these women? The story hardly ever seems to change. We just can't seem to escape weekly stories of boyfriends who beat the living daylights out of a woman's kids, yet she just continues on like nothing happened.
It's in excusable, and this mother should - in our opinion - be facing far more severe charges.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 8:36:00 PM