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Wesley Chapel man accused of beating boy, 7, with belt

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WESLEY CHAPEL — After a 7-year-old boy told his teacher he had been whipped 20 times with a leather belt and investigators saw the bruises, deputies arrested 32-year-old Thomas Walter Day Jr.

The boy said Day beat him on March 7 for coming home from school with a bad behavior report, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. When a Child Protective Team examined the boy on Tuesday, five days after he said he was beaten, he still had bruises to his left arm, left leg and rear end.

Day's relationship to the boy was not disclosed due to the nature of the charges.

Day explained to investigators that the boy was hurt in a fall while playing basketball. Deputies said that kind of fall didn't match with the boy's injuries.

Day was arrested Thursday on a charge of child abuse.

He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,000 bail.

Wesley Chapel man accused of beating boy, 7, with belt 03/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 8:08pm]
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