Social workers are investigating a complaint that a Perkins Township man forced a fork into his grandson’s mouth, injuring him.
A 56-year-old Cedar Point Road man was watching the boy at a Boston Road home Tuesday morning when they realized the boy was running late for school, according to a Perkins police report.
The boy did not want to eat the waffles his grandfather made him, prompting the man to criticize the child and call him names, the report said.
He then allegedly grabbed the boy’s waist, threw him onto the kitchen table and began forcing waffles into his mouth with a fork. The man continued shoveling waffles into the boy’s mouth, holding his hand over his mouth while he chewed, the report said.
Officers documented small cuts on the boy’s upper and lower lips, but the grandfather told a different story. He said he told the boy if he wanted to act like a baby and not eat his breakfast, that he would be treated like one, the report said.
The man then picked the boy up, sat him on the table and put the waffle in his mouth using his fingers, the report said. He denied covering the child’s mouth.
Officers will send the case to prosecutors to determine possible charges, and Children’s Services workers were made aware of the complaint.