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Police: Two Accused of Beating Boy With Belt

The Manssas-are victim was a 2-year-old boy, according to Prince William County Police.

Investigators arrested a Manassas-area man and woman after police said they hit a 2-year-old boy with a belt on several occasions, leaving lacerations on the child.

Carlos Daniel Cortez, 29, of the 7900 block of Meadow Court was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with child abuse and cruelty and injuries to children.

Maria Del Rosario Moreno Najera, 20, of the same address, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with child abuse.

What is the line between discipline and abuse? Tell us in the comments.

Detectives from the Prince William County Police Physical Abuse Unit began their investigation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the suspects' home, reports show. 

Investigators said Cortez used a belt to strike the 2-year-old, a family member, on several occasions, the first being in November, Prince William County Police reports show. The child sustained lacerations, according to police.

Police said Najera had allegedly been beating the boy since August of 2011.

Cortez was held at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Court date information isn't immediately available.

An arrest doesn't indicate a conviction. The presumption of innocence follows a suspect until that person is proven guilty or, until guilty a plea is entered in a court of law.

David H February 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM
His a good friend, let me tell you guys something that you guys dont know nothing about him, i know him for 13 years, his a hard working guy, and he loves his family, and his friend have his back not only his friends but else co-workers, he knows it was wrong what he did, now his alone with no family, bcuz i was one time what he did it does not making a bad person in this world,
Janaye M Lawson March 02, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Two year old's DO NOT need to be hit with anything, they are way too young to know right from wrong. You tell them no, a few times, direct them to something else, if they continue a stern NO, and a swat on the diaper will scare them enough but again, direct their attention to something else. You can always use , a stern," HOT" or "HURT", so they learn from the word alone next time, and a rub on their little hands. They are way to young to be put in time out, or to be talked to, they don't retain the information, nor will they care...3-8 get a stern NO, a time out and "think of how you could have made a better choice"!
Janaye M Lawson March 02, 2013 at 09:57 PM
If they throw a fit, they lose a privilege if they continue they have a choice... they can stop and act like a young lady or gentleman, or they go to bed early...if they continue, no privileges, and early to bed the next night as well, and so on...9-15+ sit on their bed, think of what they have done and how they could have made a better choice, loss of privileges to include all electronics, and early to bed if needed for as many days if the attitude continues. (Their choice). They have a limited time for school work, and then comp is off. Privileges could be loss of play time with friends, going outside, all electronics. If they scream and throw fits like some kids I've seen, punishment does not start until they are quiet! You never give in to any punishment, gee I would like to but maybe we will think about that next time, but for now... you must, do what you were told... I'm old school.. we got spanked, ( twice that I can remember) and I never repeated those things I did! Belts no...nobody deserves a belt... the laws have made kids dare their parents...those laws did not stop abuse, it made kids disrespect parents, and the poor kids who were abused, are still abused!! IF you lower your voice and make them LOOK you in the eye, and explain what they did and why they are being punished, it really does work... my daughter has 7 children, and they are Very well behave kids...they act up at times, but nothing real serious, and I learned to discipline from her....
Janaye M Lawson March 02, 2013 at 09:57 PM
....she doesn't even raise her voice that often, when she does, its EXCUSE MEEEEE...which is needed sometimes when ya have seven talking at once... but I don't want to hear, they do that in their country, they are in OUR country, their new home, when in ROME.... if they spanked that child and left open cuts, its abuse!! I worked three jobs for years and NEVER left a mark on my child...just screamed a lot!!
susan windham March 27, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Well, My dad tore my tail up with a belt when I was a child...that's just the way it was... I spanked my children with a belt, however, there was a 3 lick limit with me, unlike my dad who swung his belt till he got tired ( not really) but it was more than 3 licks... I can say my dad NEVER had to come get me out of jail, I didn't do drugs, didn't steal and didn't disrespect him, mom or any other adult...I thank GOD for my raising!

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