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Bridgeport man accused of repeatedly beating son with TV cord

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Errol Johnson was arrested at an apartment complex in Bridgeport. (WFSB/Bridgeport police photo) Errol Johnson was arrested at an apartment complex in Bridgeport. (WFSB/Bridgeport police photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

A Bridgeport man was arrested after being accused of repeatedly beating his son.

Police said it's not the first time Errol Johnson has done it.

They said they started building the case last year. A school security guard noticed that the boy had welts on his head.

According to investigators, that's when the boy lifted his shirt and revealed even more scars.

The arrest warrant painted a disturbing picture of how Johnson, 31, beat his 9-year-old son with a television cord. He left 30 scars on his back, upper arms and chest.

"The suspect made Victim #1 stand against the wall and tied the victim's hands with a scarf and placed a shirt over the victim's face," the warrant said. "The suspect told the victim not to move or it will get worse."

"It's something that no child should ever go through, a child needs to be loved," said Raymond Santiago of Bridgeport.

The warrant said the boy told police that he started praying to God that his father would stop.

"Victim #1 stated the suspect then hit him six times and stopped because 'God told him not to beat me that long,'" it said. "Victim #1 stated the beating caused 'slices on his back that bleed and then turned black.'"

Wednesday, a U.S. marshal's fugitive task force picked up Johnson at the P. T. Barnum apartments.

The boy told police that his father would hit him for not listening in school or at home.

Police said they arrested Johnson back in 2012 and charged him with misdemeanor assault.

Back then, Johnson told them one of his children was not behaving in school or at home and he was trying to discipline him. He was put on probation.

Last month, the boy's mother told police she was unaware of the most recent abuse. She claimed the boy never told her.

"That's impossible, because if they live under the same household, the same roof, how are you not going to notice your child being abused, beaten [and] seeing welts?" asked Santiago. "I wouldn't be able to live with myself."

A judge issued protective orders against Johnson.

He's being held on a $75,000 bond and is due back in court next month.

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