Man charged after allegedly beating a 2-year-old

Published 5:30 pm Thursday, April 7, 2011

A 25-year-old Austin man faces eight criminal charges after allegedly beating a 2-year-old with a belt.

Santiago Carlos Rubio was charged Monday in Mower County Court with one count of felony terroristic threats, two counts of malicious punishment of a child and five counts of gross misdemeanor domestic assault. Rubio is scheduled to enter his plea on April 14.

According to a court complaint, Rubio and a woman got into a verbal dispute on April 1 that left him upset. Around 9:30 p.m. that night, he allegedly grabbed her by the hair and dragged her around the house. He kept asking to see her phone, and when she didn’t give it to him, he allegedly threatened to hurt her children.

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The woman ran into the bedroom where her four children were, and Rubio followed, allegedly taking off his belt and swinging it over his head. The metal buckle apparently hit the bedroom wall, leaving a hole.

Rubio then allegedly struck one of the children with the belt. According to the court complaint, the child had large red injuries on his forehead and neck where the belt hit. Rubio also threatened to kill the woman in front of the children, according to court documents.

The woman told police Rubio eventually left the room and fell asleep, and she called police from a friend’s house.

Court records indicate Rubio was convicted of fifth-degree domestic assault against the same woman in 2009.

He is scheduled to enter his plea in Mower County Court on April 14.