A Midwest City father has been charged with child abuse after police say he attacked his autistic son when he was intoxicated.
According to police, on Friday, April 4, officers responded to a child abuse report at Carl Albert Middle School, located at 2515 S. Post in Midwest City. A 7th grader at the school told officers that his father, 51-year-old Dominic Joseph Durazo, was intoxicated when he told him he was going to teach him how to fight.
The child told police that Durazo hit him multiple times in the chest, arms and neck with his fist and elbow. Officers say they observed bruises on the victim's chest and arms.
The victim says he was too afraid to go home because his father was an alcoholic and had anger issues.
When officers spoke with Durazo, he said he was play-fighting with the victim and did not hurt him.
According to court documents released on Thursday, April 10, Durazo has been charged with one count of child abuse. The child was placed in the custody of his mother pending a DHS investigation.