May 22, 2011

Leonel Morales - Another Day, Another Lashing For His 10-Year-Old Daughter

Goodyear, Arizona (The Weekly Vice) - Leonel Morales, a 39-year-old Arizona man was jailed after he allegedly beat his 10-year-old daughter because she ate cereal.

According to police, officers were first contacted by school officials after the girl came to school with bruises and welts on her back, buttocks and legs.

Investigators say the girl told them her father had beaten her with a belt because she at cereal without permission. When Child Protective Services workers followed up with the girl a few days later, they found several more bruises on her face and arms.

The girl explained to CPS workers that she is regularly "lashed" during her punishments and that the lashings usually leave marks.

Investigators set up a call between the little girl and her father in which she was to ask him what she should say to CPS officials when they ask questions. Morales reportedly told the girl to "keep her mouth shut."

Morales was booked into jail on two counts of child abuse. The little girl has been placed in foster care.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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