Tyriese Howard, 25, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Breya Allen, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, are now in police custody after doctors discovered what the pair had been doing to their young children. Howard’s son had to be taken to the hospital, after the 5-year-old had gotten drunk from drinking mouthwash – which he says he did because he was so thirsty.
Doctors called the police immediately after examining the boy. They had found scars all over his body that showed that he had been abused since he was born. The five-year-old, and his two siblings, a six-year-old girl and three-year-old boy began to tell doctors that the parents would beat them with coat hangers, spatulas, shoes and multiple other objects. They would even get choked or punched in the face during the ‘whoopins’.
The Daily Mail reports:
They were too scared to report the abuse as they said their parents would tell them ‘snitches get switches.’
The Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed that the boy and one of his siblings are now staying with a foster family, but wouldn’t say if this was the first time the department had been made aware of reports of abuse by the family.
Albuquerque police confirmed they have been called out to the apartment seven times over the past three years for reports of disturbances, noise and a custody dispute. It is not clear whether any of these calls were to investigate allegations of abuse.
Neighbors say they had witnessed the aggressive manor in which Howard and Allen treated the kids.
‘Whenever the mom would get upset, she would grab the kids from one arm, and like, drag them,’ one neighbor said.
The couple appeared in court on Friday to face allegations of child abuse involving at least two of Howard’s three children. The judge set a bond of $50,000 cash or surety each.