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Elyria dad charged with beating 12-year-old son

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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.

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