Police said that four children appear to be traumatized after their father allegedly beat up their mother and one of them at their house in San Antonio Wednesday afternoon.
A 7-year-old boy had bruises on his cheeks, while his mother had bruises on her head, hip, and right wrist. Both were treated at the Commonwealth Health Center, police said.
Helimar Ayala Santiago 27, was arrested later that afternoon in Garapan. He was taken to Superior Court Friday on charges of assault and battery, child abuse or neglect, and disturbing the peace. He is being kept on a $10,000 cash bail.
Police detective Jesse K. Seman stated in his report that police officer Norris Kwon responded to a house in San Antonio on Wednesday at 2:15pm after a man reported a disturbance.
Seman said that Kwon met with Santiago’s common-law wife, who was carrying an infant and was shaking and crying.
Seman said that Kwon also saw four other children at the house who all “looked traumatized.”
Kwon learned that Santiago allegedly beat up the common-law wife and slapped their son. The wife told Kwon that Santiago held her in the neck and threw her to the ground in front of the house’s door. While she was on the ground, the defendant allegedly stepped on her chest, then dragged her inside their apartment where he punched her head several times.
At the time, their children were in their car so she yelled out for someone to call the police. Santiago allegedly screamed at their 7-year-old son and his siblings to get out of the car. As the boy was walking to the back of the car, Santiago allegedly slapped his face. The boy began crying as he and his siblings got off the car as fast as they could. Santiago then drove off with the car.
At 4:12pm, two police officers spotted the car parked at a computer repair establishment in Garapan. One officer walked into the establishment and saw Santiago.
Police said Santiago denied beating up his wife, but admitted hitting the boy. He was then arrested.