WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 News)- A father is behind bars facing several counts of child abuse after his 14-year-old son told police his dad “hogtied” him and beat him with a belt.
The man, 55-year-old Isbell Pupa, was booked into jail just a few months after his wife, 52-year-old Irene Pupa, both on child abuse charges.
According to police records, the teen boy said Isbell “hogtied” him with a long blue rope, covered his mouth with his sister’s medical wrap and hit him on his bare back, arms and legs with a black work belt.
The teen boy showed detectives scars on his back, arms and legs.
Detectives asked the teen’s younger brother if his parents had hurt him and the 4-year-old told them he had been hit in the hands 10 times with a belt, police records state.
The 4-year-old told investigators he was told “if anyone asks you if anyone hit you, say no,” the statement said.
Police interviewed Isbell who denied using his belt on his children but did say he disciplines his kids by spanking their buttocks’ and sending them to their bedroom.
Pupa was booked into Salt Lake County jail on three counts of child abuse involving physical injury, one count of child abuse for intentionally inflicting serious physical injury. He was also charged with one count of tampering with a witness in connection with his wive’s arrest back in Sept.
According to police records, his wife Irene Pupa, was arrested in Sept. 2018 after she allegedly beat the teen son with a broom stick after police records say he refused to clean the outside of their home. The teen was taken to a children hospital for skull fractures.
Her next court date is January 14, 2019. Isbell is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 28th.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect is occurring, call the Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline 855.323.3237.