PHOENIX — A Phoenix neighbor reportedly helped an abused child suffering from bruises to his back, neck and head.
Phoenix police report that on Sunday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy went to a neighbor's home near 27th Avenue and Van Buren Street after he was beaten with a belt.
The neighbor reportedly saw bruises to the child's face, back of his head and dried blood on his nose.
The boy reportedly told the neighbor that his step-father, 30-year-old Guillermo Saucedo, struck him with a belt.
The child was transported to the hospital.
Police say the victim had, "extensive bruising on the back of his head, neck, his entire back, around his ribs, and up and down the front and back of his upper arms."
He also reportedly had a broken tooth.
Police say Saucedo admitted to hitting the boy saying, "he lost his mind."
Saucedo was arrested for child abuse and his next court hearing is January 8.
If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker. You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.