Young Boston father faces child abuse charges

Posted: 01/28/13 at 5:05 pm EST      Last Updated: 01/28/13 at 10:39 pm EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Boston father is facing charges after allegedly abusing his 2-month-old son.

Steven Velasquez asked the court to let him cover his face while he faced charges for hurting his two-month-old son.

“This is my life we're talking about. This is my life we're talking about. I’m too young to be going through this man,” said Velasquez.

Prosecutors said the 19-year-old South Boston man bit his son several times and broke the baby's rib. Doctors found the injuries when the boy was taken to Children's Hospital. The baby's mother tells police Velasquez did it.

“She states that the defendant had done it. He had squeezed the child until the rib had fractured,” said Asst. District Attorney David Newton.

According to the prosecution, the mother also told a Boston Public Housing employee about the alleged abuse saying this:

“He's been abusing me and won't let the kids eat their food. He threw the baby down on the bed. He tossed him because he wouldn't stop crying,” read Newton.

Velasquez is enrolled in a court ordered batterer intervention program. The baby's mother originally told police the bite marks came from another child.

The defense argues allegations against Velazquez come at same time as the couple's unfolding family court battle.

“There's certainly something going on between him and the mother of his children,” said Arthur Shabo, defense attorney.

Velasquez is the father of three children. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

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