EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 21, 2012

Lawrence man held for beating son with cord

By Keith Eddings
keddings@eagletribune.com

---- — LAWRENCE — A 32-year-old city man is being held without bail for allegedly beating his 10-year-old son with an extension cord after the boy unplugged his father’s computer so that he could plug in a DVD player and watch a movie.

Police urged the boy’s mother to take the boy to a hospital for observation, a police report says, but it could not be learned yesterday if she did.

The alleged attack occurred after the boy’s mother dropped him off along with two other brothers and a sister for an overnight visit with their father, Victor Centeno, at Centeno’s Boylston Street home on Friday, the police report says. The children are 4 to 12 years old.

When the boy woke Saturday morning, he unplugged his father’s computer so that he could watch a movie, enraging his father, police said.

Centeno grabbed the boy’s arm and pulled him to a spare room, where he threw him on the floor and struck him several times with an extension cord, injuring his left leg and buttocks, the report says.

Centeno then lifted the boy by his shoulders and pressed him against a wall, then grabbed him by his neck and sent him to bed, the report says.

With the boy in bed, Centeno allegedly resumed the attack, punching the boy twice in the shin, the report says.

Centeno also “pinched” one of his brothers and sister on their necks for standing on a couch, the report says.

Centeno was arrested in Methuen on Monday on a warrant obtained by Lawrence police. He was arraigned in Lawrence District Court Tuesday on three counts of assault and battery, including against a child under 14 years old.

He was ordered held without bail at the Middleton House of Correction pending a dangerousness hearing.