A family therapist has been jailed on charges he badly beat his adopted 11-year-old son for not doing his homework.
Christopher Spann, 52, of Homewood, remained jailed Friday, a day after his arraignment on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Mr. Spann pleaded not guilty.
The boy told police he didn’t want to do his homework Tuesday and tossed it in the trash, prompting the beating, which the boy said spanned three hours as he argued with his father about the homework.
Salvation Army workers called police Wednesday after the boy arrived for an after-school program with a black eye, lumps on his head, marks on his face and neck and bruises on his legs.
Police notified the county’s Children, Youth and Families agency, which has placed the boy foster care.
When officers went to arrest Mr. Spann at his home Wednesday night, a county caseworker was there with a teenage boy that Mr. Spann had planned to begin foster parenting, police said.