A Hartford man told police he lost patience with two misbehaving children, including one who was swinging a cat around by its tail, and struck both of them, police said.
Luis Coronado, 21, was arrested and charged with two counts each of risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault.
Officers were called to a home on Jan. 30 on a report that two boys, ages 2 and 3, had been assaulted. The boys were taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said. Because of hand prints on their faces and marks on their necks, an advanced practice registered nurse told police the boys could have been struck and possibly choked or grabbed by their necks, an arrest warrant says.
The boys’ mother had been in the basement doing laundry when the assaults occurred, police said. She initially suspected a tenant, but Coronado, who sometimes helped the boys’ mother with a home-based business, eventually confessed that he had slapped them, police said.
Coronado, who was watching the children while their mother did laundry, said he hit one boy on the back after the toddler tried to climb stairs. He slapped the other child twice “in the shoulder area” after the boy grabbed a family cat by the tail and swung it around, the warrant says. Through an interpreter, Coronado said that in his native country of Honduras, slapping misbehaving children is allowed and he did not know that such discipline was illegal here, police said.
Coronado said he was tired and lost his patience, police said. He also told police that he talked to the boys’ mother and begged for her forgiveness, the warrant says.