Deputies: Man beat 4-year-old child

A Margaretta Township man was arrested Monday evening after the mother of his children discovered a large bruise on their 4-year-old son and learned he was to blame, police said.
Sandusky Register Staff
Mar 19, 2014

 

Michael Schaffer, 43, of the 500 block of Bardwell Road, was charged with child endangering and domestic violence.

The boy, his twin sister and their 6-year-old brother had stayed with Schaffer for five days, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.

When the boy’s mother was bathing him Monday night, she discovered an 8-to-10-inch bruise covering an entire buttock and extending to his lower back and upper thigh, the report said.

“I was playing with the blue scissors at daddy’s house and he said stop and I did and I was being good and then he spanked me really hard and a lot” the child told deputies.

The boy’s siblings separately confirmed the boy’s story. They said Schaffer struck the boy six or seven times “very hard” with an open hand, the report said. Schaffer admitted he’d spanked the boy on three occasions that day but didn’t think he struck him hard enough to cause bruising.

“If the evidence is there I guess I can’t argue with it” Schaffer told deputies. He also said there was no incident with scissors and didn’t know why the children would say that.

Schaffer was taken to the Erie County jail and later released.

Comments

Stop It

My grand daughter just turned five. I can't imagine anything that she could or would do to warrant such behavior from an adult. They're little kids for Christ's sake.

DGMutley

I can't either.

candleburner

I can understand if he was doing something with the scissors that was going to cause an injury to himself or another child and he wouldn't stop, then yes I would spank him, but not to the point where he would have a bruise. There's a big difference between a spanking for punishment and abuse and a good parent knows the difference. Obviously this guy doesn't fit that category!!

Dwight K.

Mr. Tough guy

CONCERNED MOM

AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY WE HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH BEHAVIOR AND WHOOPING OUR KIDS, NOW ALL 3 KIDS WILL NOW KNOW THEY WILL GET AWAY WITH EVERYTHING SINCE DAD IS IN TROUBLE FOR SMACKING THEM WITH OPEN HAND ON REAR. MAYBE TOO HARD BUT HE WAS TRYING TO CORRECT HIM. SORRY TO SAY, I AGREE AND DON'T AGREE WITH THIS. SO NOW DAD HAS TO BOTHER THE POLICE WITH THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR AND UNRULYINESS BECAUSE OF A GOOD OLD AZZ WHOOPIN'! OR BACK TO JAIL HE GOES., AND FOR THE RECORD I DO NOT KNOW THESE PEOPLE.

ladydye_5

Believe me I am all for a swat on the butt. I am NOT for child abuse. If you leave a bruise that large on a child that is NOT ok. I swatted the butts of my kids. I also popped them on the mouth. I smacked their little hands. I NEVER left a bruise on them. I agree kids today do not KNOW discipline and get away with too much. BUT bruising a child from his back to his thighs is NOT OK either.

Stop It

You sick %*^%#. You would beat a child that young until he/she was bruised that badly? You obviously yell to get your point across as shown by your comment. You don't deserve to have a child in your care.

slightthroat212

@ concerned Mom....This makes no sense at all. These kids will not learn what you are saying. The kids might learn that a spanking is what you get for not minding "good old dad" and they will be fearful when he says NO, but they also learned that the cops will come take him away for it.

As for Dad, his spankings teach fear, pain and the police coming (which is also fear raising) for these kids is going to estrange them from their father later on. While it may teach some discipline right now, it will teach them to hit others when they get older which is never ok.

No, spanking should be the last resort, not the first. Sounds like good old dad fixes his problems with his hands frequently and doesn't know when to stop. Too bad. He needs some help and quickly.

chatj

I agree. Children need discipline. Maybe he went a little over board. I deserved every spanking I got as a kid so I am sure he wasn't just beating him for no reason. If that was the case he would have bruises all over not just on his rear end. Jmo

Stop It

His back to to his thigh is NOT just the rear-end. Bruising is way over doing it. I hope you don't ever have kids.

slightthroat212

@stop it...you need to calm down a little bit. We all understand that you LOVE kids now. OK? IMHO, you are going overboard telling everyone they don't deserve kids if they are saying one thing or another and not totally agree with what you say. You say you have a granddaughter and things have changed considerably since you had kids. Believe me when I say your granddaughter is very lucky to have such a wonderful granddmother. You obviously love her dearly and would never hurt a child, but this crazy man did. They are out there by the droves and they lose control quickly. They have no patience for kids and they take out their moods on the nearest thing....kids. So don't be too tough on the others on here. They see it differently than we older folks. ok? Just my humble opinion. And kiss that granddgaughter for me. At least you have one. I never had the pleasure of even getting married...I never found the right girl.