A Muslim man has been accused of brutally beating his girlfriend’s four-year-old son and cutting the boy’s penis with his finger nails.
Mohammad Mahmoud Shaar, 26, of Coconut Creek, Florida, was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse after the alleged assault which took place on February 13.
Photo and video evidence taken by a babysitter reportedly shows red marks on the boy’s face, neck, ears, and back, while an arrest report details bruising and cuts to the boy’s penis.
Interviewed by police, the boy reportedly showed them how Shaar had allegedly slapped him and told them his penis had been hurt by Shaar’s long fingernails.
According to the arrest report, “The victim also stated that the defendant pulled his penis and with a clenched jaw and tight fist, exhibited the way in which he was forcibly grabbed in the penile region.”
The attacked is alleged to have occurred as Shaar was taking the boy to the babysitter’s house after dropping his girlfriend at work in Oakland Park.
Shaar is thought to have begun hitting the boy when he got upset because his mother had gotten out of the car.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the drive to the babysitter’s home was just 1.6 miles, but that 20 minutes elapsed between Shaar dropping off his girlfriend and arriving at the house, Local News10 reported.
The babysitter told deputies the child was crying hysterically and shaking when he arrived, but Shaar left immediately without giving her any explanation about what had happened.
According to the arrest report, the babysitter took video and photos of the child’s injuries, which included red marks on his face, neck, ears, and back.
She then called the boy’s mother, who went to her home with another woman to see the injuries for herself. Deputies said the mother called Shaar, but he claimed that he didn’t harm her son and that he loves the boy like his own child.
The mother and the other woman returned to work as the babysitter took the boy to a church function, authorities said.
The babysitter noticed bruising and a cut on the boy’s penis when he went to the bathroom at the event, the report stated.
“Mo did it,” authorities said the boy told his babysitter.
According to the arrest report, the babysitter had initially thought the boy had defecated in his pants because of the way he was walking, but it was actually because of the pain he was in.
According to the report, Shaar denied abusing the boy and claimed that the redness to his back was because the child was choking, so Shaar patted him on the back. He said it was possible that his hand struck the boy’s neck, face and ears during the incident, but that he did not intend to harm the boy, authorities said.
Detectives said Shaar denied touching the boy’s penis and claimed that the boy grabbed himself in that area during the car ride because he had to use the bathroom. However, detectives said it was implausible to believe that the boy have caused such extensive injuries to himself.
Shaar was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse and was taken to the Broward County Main Jail.