A DAD accused of killing his son allegedly yanked the boy's teeth out with pliers, gave him coal for Christmas and raped him to death with stick.
The boy's parents – Mauricio Alejandro Torres, 50, and Cathy Torres, 48 – allegedly beat their son Maurice ‘Isaiah’ Torres with cables and shoes, a jury heard Monday.
His 12-year-old sister testified at her dad's murder trial in Bentonville, Arkansas, and described witnessing her dad punish Isaiah by pulling out his teeth with pliers, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Referring to her parents as "bio dad" and "bio mom," the seventh grader said that Isaiah had to sleep in a dog cage at times.
She also claimed it was her duty to act as a guard and keep her brother from escaping to eat, as he had to stay in a large trash can for one month.
Isaiah's sister told the jury that her biological parents treated him differently than his siblings.
When the girl and her twin sister would be fed cooked meals, or restaurant food, her young brother had to eat rice and beans – and sometimes peanut butter.
She claimed her parents never celebrated Isaiah's birthday or gave him gifts for Christmas.
Instead, she said Isaiah was given coal.
She also claimed to have seen her dad put a stick in between her brothers legs.
Not only did she allege they beat him with a stick, but she claimed they made her beat him also.
"I did it because I was afraid because I might get beat if I didn't do it," she said in court.
Her dad, who was in court during his daughter's testimony, remained quiet throughout the trial.
In an interview on April 7, 2015, Torres told Bella Vista police he put a stick in his son's rectum and made him do squats, which at one point Cathy forced him down onto the stick, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Dr. Stephen Erickson testified that the boy died after complications arose from an infection caused by sodomy.
Erickson, an assistant medical examiner, said: "This child died as result of chronic child abuse."
Graphic photos of Isaiah's body were shown to jurors on Monday.
According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Erickson said the boy's nose had been broken, some of his teeth were pulled or knocked out, and he had numerous wounds on his head.
Cathy admitted her son’s capital murder in March 2017 in a plea deal which saw the death penalty removed as a possible punishment.
A medic who treated Isaiah shortly before his death told the court the parents did not show any emotional response to news their son had died.
It's alleged the schoolboy was violated with a stick by his dad for eating a small piece of cake without permission.
Cathy is said to have pushed Isaiah down further onto the stick worsening his injuries.
Isaiah later died at a Bella Vista medical clinic near his home
Benton County Prosecutor Nathan Smith said: “He suffered chronic child abuse syndrome. The pictures you will see are ugly, grotesque.”
Torres is charged with capital murder and battery and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Both state prosecutors and the defense team have Isaiah's mom on their witness lists.
Torres is currently being held without bail in the Benton County jail and faces life imprisonment if convicted of the murder charge.
He could be sentenced to from five to 20 years if a jury finds him guilty of the battery charge.
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