Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kerry and Merilyn Parks allegedly beat Son, 11, with a leather belt every day for months...then poured salt, vinegar and alcohol in his wounds

A couple from Seabrook, Texas are accused of beating their 11-year-old son with a leather belt and applying salt, vinegar and alcohol to his wounds.

According to the criminal complaint against the pair, the boy had to be hospitalised after officers found him curled on a sofa in the foetal position, with 'bandages applied to his waist, buttocks and rear thigh area with bodily fluids seeping through them.'

Kerry Dean Parks, 50, and Merilyn Parks, 35, have been charged with causing serious bodily injury to a child.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Mr Parks was arrested yesterday at an apartment in Houston, while his wife remains at large.

Police attention was drawn to the case when staff at Seabrook Intermediate School asked them to investigate the child's welfare on January 4.

He was promptly taken to Texas Children's Hospital, and later transferred to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston.

The boy told investigators his adoptive father Kerry Parks had beat him with a leather belt 'approximately once or twice a day' between October 1 and December 24 2011.

The abuse took place at the home they shared with his mother, Merilyn Parks, and his baby sister. Read More