An Oklahoma man is accused of beating his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son as punishment for opening a Christmas present early, KJRH reported.
The boy’s mother claimed that her boyfriend, Wesley McCollum, was watching her son while she went Christmas shopping on Saturday. When she came back, “nothing seemed wrong,” she said. McCollum said he had sent her son to bed early for opening a wrapped Christmas present from under the tree, she claimed.
When she went to check on her son, she allegedly saw bruises on her son’s back and arms, marks on his forehead and a hand print on his cheek. She took a photo of his cheek and posted it on Facebook with a description of what she saw.
"Words cannot explain seeing your baby like this and having no clue what happened. I ran to him like any mother would do crying, hugging him, begging what happened,” she wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post. “'Wesley hurt me bad mama,’ is all he kept saying.”
“He tried to say it was ‘to teach him a lesson’ and ‘He needed to learn to listen,'” she wrote in the Facebook post.
Police arrived at the house after 10 PM and arrested McCollum on suspicion of child abuse and child neglect, according to Fox2. It is unclear if McCollum has released a statement at this time.
The district attorney’s office will determine if official charges are filed, according to KJRH. In the meantime, the mother told KJRH that she filed a protective order against McCollum. The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The boy’s mother said that she had never seen this kind of behavior from McCollum before.
“Not once in these past 10 months have I ever even seen anger out of this person,” she wrote on Facebook. “I never EVER thought he would do this or I would of never been with him. Plain and simple.”
“There is an evil inside of some people no one sees and that's how this happened,” she added. “If I could change my son places in a heartbeat I would.”