Man ac­cused of hit­ting 6-year-old with cell­phone

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Local & State - BY HOWARD CO­HEN hco­[email protected]­ami­her­

A 6-year-old boy was do­ing his home­work when he came across a ques­tion he couldn’t an­swer.

So he guessed.

Ac­cord­ing to Sun­rise po­lice, this did not please Cle­ment Leo Watkins.

The 44-year-old man from New York is ac­cused of strik­ing the boy in the head with a cell­phone at a home in the 700 block of South­west 148th Av­enue on Nov. 3.

Po­lice say the boy was in Watkins’ cus­tody that day but did not clar­ify the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two.

Watkins was ar­rested and charged with child abuse with­out great bod­ily harm on Tues­day and is be­ing held in Broward County’s Main Jail on $5,000 bond.

“The method of pun­ish­ment for the child guess­ing on his home­work is ex­ces­sive,” the po­lice re­port said.

Ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit, af­ter Watkins struck the boy he told him to take a shower and clean up from a bleed­ing head wound. He did not take the child to a doc­tor.

The child had a “lin­ear open skin wound” on the right side of his head, the Broward County Sher­iff’s Child Pro­tec­tive Team later ob­served af­ter visit­ing the home, where the boy cor­rob­o­rated the story of his pun­ish­ment.

Watkins told of­fi­cers that he tossed the phone up three flights of stairs and “the vic­tim did not catch it, strik­ing him in the head,” the re­port read.


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