Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Stepfather Beat 11-Year-Old Boy With Belt, Then Poured Salt And Vinegar In His Wounds
hospitalized after his stepfather beat
him severely with a belt, then poured
salt and vinegar into his open wounds.
According to a criminal complaint, the
boy was found by police curled up in a
fetal position on a sofa, with bloody
bandages on his limbs, hips, buttocks,
Police say the child had been beaten for
months by his adoptive father, causing
agony, pain and disfigurement. Police
were alerted to the shocking abuse by
teachers at Seabrook Intermediate
School who hadn’t seen the child in
They asked police to conduct a welfare
check on the boy.
The boy’s mother, Merilyn Parks, 35, and
stepfather, Kerry Dean Parks, 50, have
been charged with causing serious
bodily injury to a minor.
Kerry Parks was taken into custody, but
Mrs. Parks remains at large.
The child was taken to Texas Children’s
Hospital, and then transferred to
Shriner’s hospital, where he will receive
plastic surgery for his disfiguring
The boy told police that his adoptive
father, Kerry Parks, beat him with a
leather belt at least once or twice a day
for several months.
The abuse took place at the home he
shared with his mother, Merilyn Parks,
and baby sister.
Merilyn Parks told police she bought the
bandages for the boy’s wounds. But she
never attempted to stop the beatings or
call the police. She said Kerry Parks
would remove the old bandages, which
caused the child pain. He would then
apply the salt and vinegar before
replacing the bandages.
The boy is with foster parents, while his
baby sister has been placed with
Posted by Eddy Ogbunambala at 9:10 PM