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Teen hit with cord; stepdad charged

A Fort Wayne man faces felony charges amid accusations he hit his teenage stepson in the face with a power cord.

Ricado Escamilla, 31, of the 4100 block of Robinwood Drive, was charged Thursday with battery to a child younger than 14 years old and battery in the presence of a child younger than 16 years old for the events of Aug. 3, according to the probable cause affidavit.

When police arrived Saturday night to Escamilla’s house, they spoke with a 13-year-old boy who told them Escamilla hit him in the face with the power cord from a video game console.

Investigators said the child had a fresh swollen bruise several inches long on his face that looked as if it was caused by a cord, the affidavit said.

The child told police Escamilla was upset about the use of the video game system and pulled the cord out of the wall outlet before he struck the child with it, the report said.

An 11-year-old witness’ version of the events matched that of the victim, police wrote in the affidavit.

Escamilla admitted to police he pulled the cord from the wall and that it accidentally hit the child in the face.

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