MUNCIE – A Delaware County father faces charges after police say he beat his 12-year-old son with a belt and then put spicy mustard on the boy’s welts to cause him more pain.
Police arrested Juanis Ali Kirksey, 41, Muncie, after arriving at his home Thursday evening. According to the probable cause affidavit, neighbors called for help, saying it sounded like a child was being beaten next door. The caller could “hear someone being hit and could hear a child crying,” court documents said.
When officers arrived, neighbors told them what they heard. An officer approached the door, hearing a “male yelling” and “what sounded like two children crying inside.”
When Kirksey answered the door, police asked him what was happening. He told them, “I just disciplined my child (and) that’s not against the law,” court documents said. The officer told Kirksey he wanted to check on the children, but Kirksey initially refused. Police handcuffed him and found two children inside: a 13-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.
The children were “crying hysterically,” according to police. The older child had marks on his “right forearm, back, chest, hands, thighs and buttocks.” The welts appeared to come from a belt, police said. Spicy mustard had also been spread on the boy’s right arm in an apparent attempt to intensify the pain.
The children told police the beating happened after the boy asked Kirksey to turn down a television. The younger child said her father told her to go into the bathroom and put on headphones while he disciplined her brother.
The boy went to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for treatment. He and his sister were placed in the care of their mother in Anderson.