|David Lee Sinnett|
Police were horrified by the reason given of why a man beat a 2 year old boy.
A Florida man beat a 2 year old who suffers from a speech impediment with a suspension because the child could not pronounce the name of his sister, the office of the Polk County Sheriff told the news media.
David Lee Sinnett, 32, who was released from prison after serving 5 years for second degree murder, beat the child so severely that he suffered a broken orbital bone and a black eye, said Karrie Eleazar, the public information officer for the sheriff's office. The boy's mother and sister witnessed the alleged attack and told police that the beating was the result of bad pronunciation.
Sinnett denied hitting the boy over his ability to pronounce the name. However, he reportedly told detectives that he hit the boy because he got too close to an electrical outlet.
Authorities did not release the sister or the mother's name to protect the identity of the child.
Sinnett was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse and is being held in the Polk County Jail, the local news media reported. He is being held without bail.
Sinnett has been in the Polk County Jail eight times before, most recently on charges of second-degree murder, the local news media reported. He served five years in state prison for those crimes.