James P. Smith charged with beating 12-year-old son - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Elyria dad charged with beating 12-year-old son

James P. Smith (Source: Elyria Police) James P. Smith (Source: Elyria Police)
ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) -

A 34-year-old Elyria man charged after beating up his 12-year-old son.

Officials at Northwood Middle School noticed injuries to the boy's face, and immediately contacted the police and Children Services.

According to police, the child's face was swollen and bruised, and scratches were discovered on both sides of his face and neck. The child complained that his face was sore.

The student told officials that his father, James P. Smith, beat him at his home on Friday. The child said that as he was watching television, one of his stepbrothers blocked his view. The victim child told his stepbrother to move, and the stepbrother then complained to Smith.

According the child, Smith ordered him upstairs into the bedroom. Smith is accused of throwing the child onto the bed and punching him repeatedly in the face. Smith allegedly spanked the child on his buttocks and then slapped the child's face. Smith then allegedly ordered the child to stand in the corner for a half hour with his hands lifted above his head.

After speaking with the child, officers went to Smith's workplace, where the father denied abusing the child. He said he did spank his son with a belt because he was bullying his stepchildren.

Smith was charged with domestic violence and child endangering.

19 Action News has learned Children's Services has a history with Smith.

 Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Seen on 19Seen on 19More>>

  • FREE Queso at Moe's all day

    FREE Queso at Moe's all day

    Thursday, September 21 2017 12:15 PM EDT2017-09-21 16:15:14 GMT
    Free Queso Day at Moe's. (Source: Facebook)Free Queso Day at Moe's. (Source: Facebook)

    If you like free food, then today is your lucky day.  

    More >>

    If you like free food, then today is your lucky day.  

    More >>
  • Cleveland Zoo welcomes new gorillas to exhibit

    Cleveland Zoo welcomes new gorillas to exhibit

    Thursday, September 21 2017 9:04 AM EDT2017-09-21 13:04:28 GMT
    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo welcomes two new female gorillas. (Source: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)Cleveland Metroparks Zoo welcomes two new female gorillas. (Source: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

    A pair of gorillas now make their home at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The zoo is welcoming two new female gorillas ahead of World Gorilla Day, Sept. 24. "Fredrika" (or Freddy) is 43-year-old from Zoo Miami in Miami, FL and 26-year-old and "Kebi Moya" (or Kebi) comes to Cleveland from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, OH. 

    More >>

    A pair of gorillas now make their home at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The zoo is welcoming two new female gorillas ahead of World Gorilla Day, Sept. 24. "Fredrika" (or Freddy) is 43-year-old from Zoo Miami in Miami, FL and 26-year-old and "Kebi Moya" (or Kebi) comes to Cleveland from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, OH. 

    More >>
  • Data breach: Medical Mutual employee sends private information for thousands to wrong email

    Data breach: Medical Mutual employee sends private information for thousands to wrong email

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 7:31 PM EDT2017-09-20 23:31:07 GMT
    Medical Mutual of Ohio headquarters in downtown Cleveland (Source: Facebook)Medical Mutual of Ohio headquarters in downtown Cleveland (Source: Facebook)

    Medical Mutual of Ohio has confirmed that an employee sent 45 emails to the wrong person containing personal information for more than 6,000 of its Medicare Advantage customers.  According to a spokesperson for Med Mutual, based in Cleveland, this was an accident because the employee typed in an incorrect email address and the data was going to a third party that didn't have authorization to be looking at private information.  

    More >>

    Medical Mutual of Ohio has confirmed that an employee sent 45 emails to the wrong person containing personal information for more than 6,000 of its Medicare Advantage customers.  According to a spokesperson for Med Mutual, based in Cleveland, this was an accident because the employee typed in an incorrect email address and the data was going to a third party that didn't have authorization to be looking at private information.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly