Documents: 7-year-old told police NH man accused of abuse 'always hurts me'
CONCORD — The 7-year-old boy told police a man known to him, who is accused of abusing the boy, made him "really scared."
Police arrested Bradley Mobbs, 27, of Concord, on Tuesday on charges of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
The case was originally brought to the attention of police June 19 after the boy's mother called Sgt. Robert Buelte with Concord police about possible child abuse.
Buelte said the woman was upset because her son had significant bruising on his buttocks. The boy told his mother the bruises were from being spanked by Mobbs.
The mother said while picking her son up at school, she had the school nurse check the bruising on the boy's buttocks. The nurse confirmed the bruising when questioned by Detective Nicole Murray with the Concord Police Department.
According to the documents, Murray spoke with the boy about the incident during a recorded interview. The boy told Murray "there's bruises on my butt" from Mobbs.
The boy told police that on Saturday, Mobbs was watching the boy and his siblings while their mother was at work. The boy said he was not listening to Mobbs so Mobbs proceeded to spank him.
After spanking him, the boy said Mobbs forcefully turned him, causing him to hit his left ear on the bedroom wall which caused bruising and cuts.
After that, Mobbs allegedly slapped the boy's face, picked him up, and slammed him onto the bed. The boy said this made him hit his head on the wood under the bed, cracking the wood.
During the interview, the boy was crying, saying the incident was very painful and made him "really sad," according to the police affidavit.
The boy told police that being alone with Mobbs made him "really scared" because Mobbs "fights all the time with mom ... he screams at her."
"He always hurts me almost every time" the two were together the boy said, according to the affidavit. When asked by the detective about other abusive incidents, the boy told police, "It's going to take a while if I tell you everything, though."
During the interview, the boy recalled "the worst time." Referring to a time when he was 6 and Mobbs told him to sit in a chair when he wasn't listening. Mobbs then tipped the chair backward causing the boy to smack his head on the floor. Mobbs picked up the chair and proceeded to force the boy's head down on the table, the affidavit states.
After the interview, a detective took pictures of the boy's injuries, noting serious bruising spanning from his thighs up to his back. Documents state the bruises seemed new and old in various stages of healing. The boy also had discoloration and bruises on the front of both legs but police wrote that it's unclear how those bruises formed.
Police later spoke with Mobbs.
According to the documents, Mobbs admitted he "spanked (the boy) way too hard" and that the boy had tried rolling away from him after the first spank. Mobbs proceeded to spank him a total of four times despite the boy being in pain, the affidavit states.
Murray wrote that Mobbs eventually admitted to throwing the boy on the bed after being asked but also said there had been no other incidences and said the boy's mother had given him permission to spank the boy when he didn't behave.
Mobbs did not appear in court during his scheduled arraignment on Wednesday but did enter a plea of not guilty.