UPDATE: Phoenix stepfather accused of abusing two children

Posted at 12:16 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 15:16:58-04

A Phoenix man has been arrested after missing his court date on child abuse charges.

On March 28 police re-arrested 19-year-old Bryant Gonzales Flores. After posting bond Flores was a no-show at a hearing regarding his case and a bench warrant was issued. Flores is now being held without bond.

Flores was initially arrested on May 17, 2016, for allegedly abusing one and four-year-old boys.

Court records show that the older brother, age five, witnessed the abuse on his younger brothers on May 12.

Police say Flores abused two of his three step-children he was watching that day at his home near 26th Street and Bell Road.

Police report that the victim's five-year-old brother told them that Flores slapped the one-year-old male in the head, causing bruising to his face and ears. They also say that Flores hit the child in the chest and punched him in the back several times. Flores also reportedly pinched his nose and covered his mouth.

His four-year-old brother was choked by Flores and hit in the head, suffering bruising to his right eye and left ear. He was also allegedly picked up and dropped on the ground.

Police questioned Flores, who said the children would not stop crying and he covered their nose and mouths to get them to stop. He denied dropping the four-year-old but did say he threw him onto the couch several times because he would not stay there.

His next scheduled court date is April 5, 2017.