SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of hog-tying his teen son and beating him with a belt multiple times was charged Monday.
The case filed in 3rd District Court against Isbell Pupa, 55, comes a little more than two months after Pupa's wife was also charged with felony child abuse for allegedly cracking the skull of the same boy, according to court documents.
On Monday, Isbell Pupa was charged with child abuse, a second-degree felony; three counts of child abuse, a class A misdemeanor; and witness tampering, a third-degree felony.
A 14-year-old boy told police that his father had given him multiple "whoopings" over the past several years, according to charging documents. Those alleged incidents included being beaten with a belt while hog-tied with a rope, naked, with a cloth wrapped around his mouth "so he could not scream, the charges state.
Investigators observed scars on the boy's arms, legs and back consistent with being beaten with a belt, according to charging documents. A 4-year-old boy in the house told police that Pupa had instructed him to deny to officials that any hitting had occurred, the charges state.1 comment on this story
In October, Irene Pupa, 52, was charged in 3rd District Court with three counts of child abuse, a second-degree felony, for allegedly beating her 14-year-old son with a metal broom handle, causing "a skull fracture and a brain bleed which required surgical repair," charging documents state.
Police who responded to the scene noted the boy was visibly shaking and his speech became increasingly difficult to understand as he talked, the charges state.
The initials of the victim allegedly beaten by each parent are the same in court documents for both cases, and they share the same address.
Irene Pupa's next court hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14. Bail for Isbell Pupa was set at $150,000.