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Authorities: Southern California family asked fellow churchgoer to beat their child
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) ' Authorities say a California couple who suspected their 15-year-old son of smoking turned to a man relied on in their church to violently discipline children.
San Bernardino County sheriff's spokesperson Cindy Bachmann said Saturday that the Irvine parents asked 39-year-old Paul Kim to discipline their son after finding a lighter in the teen's possession, and they dropped the boy off at Kim's Chino Hills home with permission for the beating.
Bachmann says Kim hit the child with a metal pole, causing severe bruising.
Kim was arrested Tuesday and released Thursday after posting bail.
Bachmann says the district attorney's office was reviewing the case and will decide whether to charge the teen's father. It wasn't immediately known whether the father was present at the time of the beating.