(Memphis) A man is behind bars after police said he punched his stepson in the face and beat him with an extension cord at a house on Royal Elm Cove.
Gerald Taylor is behind bars on two counts of child abuse and neglect.
Raleigh Egypt Elementary reported the abuse to child services in April.
A staff member said they noticed welt marks on the child's legs and that the boy had a swollen left eye.
It took six months to arrest Taylor, and his bond was set at just $100.
"I don't think it's right for anyone to be beat their child like that," said father of two and Taylor's neighbor, Michael Briggs. "Next time who knows what will happen or what they will beat him with."
A spokesperson with the Department of Child Services told News Channel 3 they do not take abused children into custody, but will check in on them from time to time.
They ask parents to keep notice. Their goal is to allow all children to live normal lives.
"Any parent that beats their child with an extension cords, I don't feel that's right at all. who knows what he will pick up one day and hit his child with," said Briggs.