A man in Florida was recently arrested after allegedly beating his son because he made purchases on an iPad.
The father, 33-year-old Andrew Wayne Atkerson, was arrested on child abuse felony charges after striking his 9-year-old son and throwing him against the wall and other objects in the house.
According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Atkerson’s son and his little brother had made several purchases on an iPad prior to the beating.
The child suffered bruises on his eyes and on other areas of his body, as documented by photographs taken by the mother after picking him up from school. The mother then reported the incident to the police.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said the man went overboard with his punishment and thanked the mother for reaching out to the police.
“No child should ever have to endure what this man did to his child. It appears this man has no ability to control his rage,” Staly said. “Parents have the right to discipline their children but cannot go overboard, which happened in this case. A more appropriate discipline would have been to restrict access to the iPad or make them do chores around the house to pay for the items they ordered, not beat their child. I’m thankful the mother reported her observations and the work our detectives and DCF have done on this case to protect the children.”
Atkerson, who has a lengthy criminal record and was on probation for a felony battery charge in 2017, said, “I might have over punished them a little bit” when confronted by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). The previous battery was against his wife.
Atkerson was held at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility on a $12,500 bond following the arrest.