The boy’s mother said she struck her son in the mouth before leaving for work, the document said. It said Anthony later told police he noticed the boy had blood on his mouth from the boy’s mother hitting him.
Anthony said he initially tried to wash the boy’s mouth but the boy began to fight him, the affidavit said. He also told police that after dropping the boy’s mother off at work, he returned home with the 4-year-old and told him he had to hold a book for two minutes in front of his body for discipline, the affidavit said.
Anthony said the boy refused to hold the book and also refused to sit against the wall, so he spanked the child, according to the affidavit.
It said the boy later told counselors at the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center that Anthony held his head underwater in a bathroom sink and choked him, so he bit Anthony’s finger.
The child said, according to the document, that Anthony later took off the boy’s clothes and beat him with a strap all over his body. The boy also said his mother only hit him on the hand and not on the mouth, the affidavit said.
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas said the boy had too many bruises to count that were consistent with being struck with a belt, according to the affidavit. The boy’s lab results showed levels of certain enzymes “that are associated with significant muscle damage/breakdown,”it said.
Anthony was being held in the Williamson County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $100,000.