A Texas man is accused of tying a 6-year-old boy to a garage door with a dog leash, a boy he allegedly regularly beat with items including clothing hangers and a hammer handle.
Ronnie Shane Winans, 25, was arrested on suspicion of injuring a child with intent to commit bodily injury last week, according to online jail records.
Investigators were called to Winans’ San Angelo home on Thursday after a woman said her 6-year-old son may have been the victim of child abuse, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports.
The boy had bruises all over his legs.
The child told investigators that Winans "tied him to a door with a dog leash” while Winans went to the store, according to an affidavit obtained by the San Angelo Standard-Times. He he "could not breathe because the leash, tied around his torso, was tight.” He reportedly has asthma.
It’s not clear if Winans is his biological father but the boy appears to call him his father.
The victim also revealed other alleged abuse at Winans' hand, claiming he was often punished because Winans "did not like it when he moved around a lot” so that resulted in being abused with various items.
When asked if other kids in the home experience such abuse, the child responded, "No, daddy never throws hangers at them. Only me," according to the affidavit.
A witness allegedly told investigators that they witnessed Winan on at least one occasion hit the boy’s legs using the handle of a hammer.
Winans being held on a $15,000 bond. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time. He faces up to a decade behind bars.
Previously, Winans was arrested in 2014 for allegedly resisting arrest.
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