EL CENTRO, CA - Video of a child being beaten with a belt by his step dad has gone viral. A neighbor who saw the beating taped the whole thing and called police.
Video of Anthony Sanchez, 34, an elected official with the California Water Agency, shows him repeatedly whipping his 10-year-old step son Zach with a belt in their backyard.
The 7-minute cell phone video was shot by outraged neighbor Oscar Lopez through his window last week.
Sanchez and Zach were playing a game of catch when, according to the neighbor, the boy was beaten for dropping the ball. At one point in the video Lopez gets so frustrated he opens the window and confronts Sanchez.
According to Zach's family members, the boy has ADHD and wasn't being whipped because he dropped the ball, but because he was acting out and talking back to Sanchez.
Lopez posted the video on YouTube then gave it to police. After this beating Zach was reportedly checked out by Child Protective Services and wasn't hurt.
Sanchez turned himself in to police on Friday and was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. He bonded out and since has quite his job at the water district.
The California attorney general is reviewing the case to decide what, if any, charges would be appropriate. We should point out it's not illegal to spank a child in California, and it's not in Texas, either, as long as the child's life isn't in danger.