BUCKEYE, AZ — A Buckeye father has been arrested after his children described being choked and beaten with wires.
Buckeye police say a woman contacted them on Saturday accusing her brother, 36-year-old Luis Guadalupe Delgado, of abusing his preteen son. She accused Delgado of pulling the child from the car by his wrist and twisting it behind his back.
Delgado reportedly then left for New Mexico on a personal matter. Court records show that Delgado has been living with his sister in Buckeye for about a month.
When the child was brought to the hospital, his siblings reported years of abuse at the hands of Delgado. They told officers their 9-year-old brother was punched in the face and yelled at for crying after he heard scary stories, according to a probable cause statement.
The adult witness reportedly told police that she saw a "baseball-sized purple bruise on his face."
The five children also reported their father choked them with his hands and belt and beat them with wires and punched them in the body and face.
Delgado was arrested Sunday afternoon after returning from New Mexico.
The Department of Child Safety took custody of the children and said there were prior reports of abuse from DCS in New Mexico.
Delgado was arrested for six counts of child abuse.
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.