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Man Beats Young Step-Son For Dropping Baseball: VIDEO (UPDATED)


(UPDATE: Anthony Sanchez was arrested Friday afternoon. Thanks to Kris et. al. for pointing this out.)

Too much machismo:

In the below video, see Anthony Sanchez, of California's Imperial Valley, beating his 10-year-old step-son with a belt, apparently because the boy has difficulty catching a baseball. The footage was shot by Sanchez's neighbor, Oscar Lopez, who rather stirringly disrupts the domestic violence in the video's final seconds.

Anthony Sanchez is the Division 5 director for the Imperial Irrigation District, which is apparently a big deal in that part of California. As a result, Lopez's video has caused a minor scandal. Sanchez is now under investigation by the Imperial Valley Sheriff's Department, and is reportedly cooperating with authorities. From the Imperial Valley Press:

Sanchez’s attorney, Ryan Childers, made clear that Sanchez has not been charged with anything, nor are any charges pending, he said. He is cooperating with authorities but at this time there’s no reason for him to turn himself in, he said.

“What’s happening in the context of the video itself is certainly disturbing,” Childers said in response to the video. “We recognize that. But we need to let the Sheriff’s Office have time to fully investigate the incident so all the facts can come to light.”

Sanchez contacted Childers’ office Thursday morning and has since canceled a business trip out of town to cooperate with the investigation, Childers said. His wife and children, including the stepson reportedly in the video, are on a previously planned trip to Alabama, where the wife is from. Sanchez was set to head there as well after a business meeting in Los Angeles, but those plans have been put on hold.

If sheriff’s officials want the child to be brought back to Imperial County, the family will cooperate, but so far there is no indication that that will be necessary, Childers said. He has made contact with the police in Alabama to work with local authorities.

“Our position at this point is we want to let the sheriff’s department do their job, let all the facts come to light, and then we may be in a position to address things at that point,” Childers said.

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  1. But the Bible commands him to beat his children. Why are you oppressing his religious freedom!?

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 9, 2012 10:44:10 AM

  2. When he grows up to be MVP, everyone will change their tune. Corporal punishment is a misunderstood learning tool.

    Posted by: percy | Jun 9, 2012 10:53:44 AM

  3. @Steve uh, I'm not sure how you are interpreting the Bible, but my grandfather is a Baptist preacher, my mother a very devout Christian, and they never beat me, honey.

    Perhaps if this were the religion of Islam, they would've just beheaded the kid instead?

    See, I can sound just as stupid as you.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 9, 2012 11:00:31 AM

  4. The man needs anger management and domestic violence intervention. When a man goes off like that abusing a child over something very minor that he can't help, that kid is in a lot of danger. If not the whole family.

    And if there is no intervention, the kid might take matters into his own hands. It's not unheard of that a son will murder his father in self defense against this kind of thing.

    Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Jun 9, 2012 11:06:26 AM

  5. He has since been arrested for child abuse according to this story.

    Posted by: Kris | Jun 9, 2012 11:10:23 AM


    Posted by: Kris | Jun 9, 2012 11:10:49 AM

  7. Step-son, huh? That explains a lot. The child should be taken into protective custody, and the bastard father should be thrown in jail.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Jun 9, 2012 11:11:13 AM

  8. Uh, Alan - grasp sarcasm much?

    Posted by: Wisebear | Jun 9, 2012 11:11:32 AM

  9. Oh but straight couples are better for raising children. Remember? Maggie keeps telling us so.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jun 9, 2012 11:20:29 AM

  10. And this kid has not been removed from this home? What kind of mother does this kid have that allows her A-hole of a husband to beat her son?

    Where is social services? What exactly are they waiting to see come to light? What are they waiting for, to see the kid in the emergency room with a punctured lung, on the threshold of death?

    Posted by: Ricco | Jun 9, 2012 11:21:11 AM

  11. In the story about his arrest the grandparents DEFEND this POS!

    "We are a family that believes spanking a child serves its purpose well, as many other Americans. The video may seemed inflammatory but as I saw it, and knowing who Anthony is, the behind is always his target. Men who beat their children don't care where the spanking lands. If he is guilty he is only guilty of excessive spanking and should have seen that the remedy was not working."

    First of all, Sanchez was clearly swinging for the kid's legs, not his "behind." And while I'm not necessarily against all forms of corporeal punishment, it should never be done in anger as this clearly was. "[He] should have seen the remedy was not working." Whipping a child isn't going to 'remedy' their ability to catch a ball.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 9, 2012 11:22:19 AM

  12. ...Family values: beating weakness out, one child at a time....

    Posted by: Paul Leary | Jun 9, 2012 11:28:16 AM

  13. "...@Steve uh, I'm not sure how you are interpreting the Bible, but my grandfather is a Baptist preacher, my mother a very devout Christian, and they never beat me, honey...See, I can sound just as stupid as you..."

    Actually Alan, you sound like a bigger religious illiterate Moron.

    Because EVERYONE knwd the bile clearly says "SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD..."

    Proverbs 13:24

    You wish to take back your lie?

    Posted by: Mic | Jun 9, 2012 11:34:29 AM

  14. @ Alan, you're an idiot, and need to review your bible "honey".

    1, Oscar Lopez deserves a medal,


    2,Screw the Sherrif's's hard to believe CPS isn't already involved

    Posted by: GeoffM | Jun 9, 2012 11:34:42 AM

  15. I bet that kid is really, really, happy that he's away visiting family at the time this went public.

    You can make fun of CA all you want to, but trust me, the word is out on hitting your kids.

    In 'backward' nations like Brazil, this guy would be toast.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jun 9, 2012 11:42:24 AM

  16. @Alan
    The Bible prescribes stoning for disobedient children. There are also several other verses that advocate beating children. "Spare the rod, spoil the child" is a very common misquote, but the sentiment is there in several verses.

    In any case, corporal punishment is very common in fundamentalist circles. And opposition from religious groups is the main reason why the US hasn't ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (the only other country besides Somalia).

    I always love how people defend "spanking", in instances where it was clearly beating with fists or objects. So not the same thing.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 9, 2012 11:43:24 AM

  17. @Mic: I was just getting ready to post Proverbs 13:24 before I saw your comment. So, now, I'll just say "ditto."

    Posted by: William | Jun 9, 2012 11:47:57 AM

  18. That's not a "beating". It's crappy parenting, but it's not a "beating".

    The father has issues, and I feel for that poor kid.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 9, 2012 11:49:32 AM

  19. Yes, corporal punishment is misunderstood, by those who think it is, in any way, an effective tool. Whether he aimed for the buttocks or not, whipping a child with a belt for any reason is abuse. And whipping a kid for dropping a baseball? Not only is whoever does this one sick f*ck, but so is anyone who defends it.

    No legitimate, educated expert on child development or parenting recommends ever hitting a child. As for Biblical justifications, well, the Bible is hardly known for its scientific, researched approach to anything, so there's that.

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 9, 2012 11:50:47 AM

  20. Someone needs to explain to that kid's mother that her child's welfare is more important than whatever satisfaction is provided by being married to that abuser.

    Posted by: homer | Jun 9, 2012 11:52:24 AM

  21. My stepdad was just like that.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Jun 9, 2012 11:54:34 AM

  22. there's no way i can possibly watch the video :(

    Posted by: luke | Jun 9, 2012 11:55:58 AM

  23. A "spanking" might be appropriate if the the kid had intentionally mis-behaved, but beating on him with a belt as some sort of motivational training tool is f'd up.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jun 9, 2012 11:56:58 AM

  24. Too many parents have bought into preachers' use of that "spare the rod" passage of scripture to defend what is basically lashing out in anger and hitting their children. The rod in question actually referred to a shepherd's crook, used to guide sheep -- not to beat them.

    Take that as you wish. As an agnostic who had the misfortune to grow up in church, and as someone who believes organized religion has held society back in every conceivable way, I'm certainly not supporting the bible. But this one particular verse has been run into the ground to support spanking.. and it's wrong.

    Posted by: sparks | Jun 9, 2012 11:59:56 AM

  25. Miserable POS. WTF makes some people want to whip a child [or adult for that matter] with a belt or some other object? What? Does it make you feel powerful and dominant? Narcissistic control freaks? The reality is these people are very, very insecure.

    Mr. Lopez deserves a big thank you.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 9, 2012 12:09:45 PM

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