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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. That's a good neighbor.

    Posted by: screech | Jun 9, 2012 12:10:20 PM

  2. I think that article is a little old. He was arrested for suspicion of felony child abuse, and is being held with bail set at $100000:

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 9, 2012 12:10:24 PM

  3. This sums up my opinion of organized religions and other dominating and controlling institutions, ideologies and cults:

    'They who believe absurdities commit atrocities.'


    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 9, 2012 12:12:48 PM

  4. By the way, for anyone that defends this type of abuse as discipline, here is a very simple test: if that father had done this to any adult, what would he have been charged with? For some insane reason, some people in the US have this idea that behavior that would be totally unacceptable between two adults is somehow justified when it is between an adult and a defenseless child.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 9, 2012 12:14:15 PM

  5. if he was hitting another man or his wife like that, there would be no question as to the legitimacy of assault. Why wouldn't we offer defenseless children the same protection under the law. This is a ridiculous land we live in.

    Posted by: TS | Jun 9, 2012 12:25:26 PM

  6. Wow. The most amazing thing - the number of posters (trolls) on this site who are clearly not only products of this kind of "relationship", but are adamant about defending it.

    to all of those who continue to come on here every day and regurgitate the kind of homophobic anti-gay prejudice that is utterly related to this abuse in this video, i hope your happy.

    you hate femmes. and this guy beat his stepson for the very same reason.

    you're as worthless as this lousy excuse for a man.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 9, 2012 12:34:09 PM

  7. oh, and anyone who wonders if Alan hasn't been abused by his grandfather and mother need look no further than his daily posts. he's a closeted, liberal-hating, black-hating, self-hating homosexual. denial of love and acceptance is indeed a form of emotional abuse, and does indeed warp people like alan.

    no all abusers leave visible scars.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 9, 2012 12:35:44 PM

  8. A MILD (MILD) 3-whack spanking on the buttocks IF the child misbehaved in a big way or did something really wrong, administered before they reach the age of 8 or so: OK by me.

    After 8 yrs. old? Not appropriate and if you have to resort to it, you've clearly not been a consistent parent.

    But beating a kid with a belt because he can't catch a ball, at any age?

    Clearly child abuse in my book.

    And it only escalates from there. I experienced this kind of crap first hand, all the way to the age of 14 and after that point, it turns into fists and backhands. It's just an excuse for the adult to take out their frustrations and anger on someone who is smaller and weaker than they are.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 9, 2012 12:35:49 PM

  9. Translation: Pillar of community given pass by sheriff's office for child abuse. Father allowed to continue documented child abuse, even as sheriff's office continues to prosecute other parents for similar child abuse.

    Posted by: Keith | Jun 9, 2012 12:40:44 PM

  10. You'd think the Director of an irrigation district would have a better lawn.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 9, 2012 12:46:55 PM

  11. Important to note:
    This happened outside, and because of something so innocent as dropping a ball. Now imagine the abuse that goes on inside the house, where no-one can see it.
    No doubt this kid has been beaten many times before, and much worse than this.
    I'd be surprised if the father doesn't also hit his wife whenever she fails to comply.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Jun 9, 2012 1:00:44 PM

  12. @alan

    That is all.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 9, 2012 1:04:20 PM

  13. F**k the bible; who gives a flying phuck what it says about anything. Wake up you idiots.
    This is more of the male machismo BS that we all know only too well.
    Beating a kid for not catching a ball .....what a perverted bully.

    You may not wish to hear it but this machismo is much more prevalent in US society than any other society that I have experienced.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 9, 2012 1:06:40 PM

  14. What the f**k has not catching a ball got to do with bringing a child up properly ?
    It's supposed to be an f**king game for Christ's sake !
    Where is the encouragement ? Or the showing the kid how to catch simple throws ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 9, 2012 1:20:29 PM

  15. The face of domestic terrorism is right there, inflicting pain and suffering on the defenseless in our own backyards and living rooms. And the damage to our country and Her future is far higher than any disaffected Muslim could hope to inflict.

    Posted by: Clint | Jun 9, 2012 1:29:09 PM

  16. This guy deserves everything bad that's going to happen to him.

    Posted by: EricD. | Jun 9, 2012 1:44:43 PM

  17. good on the neighbor

    too many just ignore things / don't want to get involved when they should

    tossing the ball with one's father is supposed to be fun not torture

    Posted by: say what | Jun 9, 2012 1:59:57 PM

  18. @Percy Come over to me place and let me lash you repeatedly with a leather belt so you can see and know how it feels. Your statement, "When he grows up to be MVP, everyone will change their tune. Corporal punishment is a misunderstood learning tool." is one of the most absurd things I have every read.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 9, 2012 2:05:46 PM

  19. I feel gross having watched that.

    Standing ovation for Oscar though.

    Posted by: Thomas | Jun 9, 2012 2:19:23 PM

  20. Actually spanking is a proven effective method of parent that does have positive results for the child. However, this depends entirely on how it is dispensed. The parent-centered vs. child-centered approach. Meaning, is the goal parental obedience or child safety/education, the latter is known to have positive outcomes. Don't confuse that with a "he beats me because he loves me" situation. Could go more into depth but this is just a smal post and research it before you dismiss it.

    All that said, the step-father here looks like he crossed the line and the hitting is now out of his own frustration and anger and not to do with correcting the child's behavior. Not that spanking would make a kid catch a ball anyhow.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 9, 2012 3:14:24 PM

  21. Latinos are some the biggest bullies around. Sanchez should be, at the very least, sent to anger management classes.

    Posted by: Carlos | Jun 9, 2012 4:27:37 PM

  22. @Tom
    Actually spanking is a proven effective method of parent that does have positive results for the child.

    Your the one that made the statement so you need to be the one that backs it up with the facts. Cite the sources or studies which prove that spanking teaches them anything other than "big people get to beat up on the little people". Having lived through a much similar incident in my own childhood, I can tell you that instead of an appreciation of the sport of baseball or improved skills, it made me despise the sport. I do not attend games, I do not watch games on television, and I hate being reminded of how horrible I think being abused is for what is supposed to be a game.

    Posted by: vanndean | Jun 9, 2012 4:38:37 PM

  23. He couldn't catch a ball...that in no way justifies hitting. With a belt or anything else.

    Posted by: DISGUSTING | Jun 9, 2012 5:06:39 PM

  24. Bravo, Oscar!!!!

    Posted by: Charlie-o | Jun 9, 2012 5:08:08 PM

  25. MY parents beat me with an ironing cord, wooden spoon, belt and they never got arrested for child made me not do anything bad again thats for sure.

    Posted by: Jamie | Jun 9, 2012 5:56:10 PM

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