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4-year-old boy beaten with stick for misspelling his last name

By Mason White 3:35 PM March 10, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested on charges of injury to a child after beating his nephew with a stick for misspelling his last name, police in Texas said.

Houston Police said that they arrested 38-year-old Richard Wayne Brewster, after being accused of hitting his 4-year-old nephew for misspelling his last name.

The child was treated at Texas Children’s Hospital for contusions on his behind and lower back. The boy told doctors that he was beaten with a stick for not knowing how his name is spelled.

The child’s siblings, who witnessed the incident, confirmed his version of events to police. The stick was described as solid wood, about four inches wide, two inches thick and two feet long.

When police questioned Brewster, he initially blamed the child’s injuries on ant bites, but then changed his story. Brewster told police that he was upset because the boy was not spelling his name correctly.

He said he became agitated with the child and may have hit the boy over five times. He also handed over the stick to the police.

Brewster’s bail was set at $10,000.