SEABROOK, Texas – Seabrook police are investigating a horrifying case of child abuse involving an 11-year-old boy.
The boy told investigators his adoptive father beat him with a belt every day, then applied alcohol, salt or vinegar to his wounds.
The victim said 50-year-old Kerry Parks would later rip off his bandages and reapply the chemicals. Police said the boy also said Parks smashed his head against a decorative column in their home.
Police said the boy was curled in a fetal position and in severe pain when they first questioned him.
He was taken to the Texas Children’s Hospital for treatment of head wounds and burns to his lower body.
Parks faces two counts of injury to a child.
Merilyn Parks, 35, is also charged with injury to a child because she allegedly failed to stop the abuse.
The child and his baby sister are under the care of CPS.