HPD: Man punches girlfriend's son up to 20 times for not wanting to go to school

HOUSTON (KHOU) – A man beat up his girlfriend's teen son because the boy did not want to go to school one morning, according to Houston police.

Byron Craig Mathis, 28, was charged with felony injury to a child.

The 14-year-old victim said his mom came into his bedroom on February 4 to wake him up for school. He said when he told her she wasn't feeling well, her live-in boyfriend, Mathis, rushed in to confront him, according to documents.

Mathis instructed the boy to get up, but the boy still refused. That is when Mathis allegedly slapped the boy in the face.

The teen slept on a bottom bunk bed and his 10-year-old brother slept on the top. Mathis allegedly grabbed the top bunk and slammed it on top of the teen.

The teen said Mathis began to pummel him after that with a closed fist, punching him at least 20 times. The younger brother told investigators it appeared to be between 15 and 18 punches thrown.

The victim said the blows were so hard, he thought he was going to black out. The boy's 11-year-old sister was in another room when she heard the commotion. She walked in and also saw Mathis assaulting her brother.

The 14-year-old sustained a bloody nose, busted lips and a swollen, black eye.


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