A man has been arrested after he allegedly beat his 9-year-old son when he and his little brother made purchases on their iPad.
Police said Atkerson attacked his son on Feb. 3 inside a Palm Coast, Florida home, First Coast News reported.
During the attack, deputies say Atkerson picked his son up several times, throwing him into walls, closets and other items in the home, according to First Coast News.
His son suffered bruises on multiple parts of his body, including under his eyes, First Coast News reported.
When his mother picked him up from school, she saw what had happened and took photos of the injuries, according to First Coast News.
Atkerson was on probation for a felony battery arrest involving the child’s mother in 2017, First Coast News reported.
While investigating, Atkerson allegedly told police, “I might have over punished them a little bit,” according to First Coast News.
“No child should ever have to endure what this man did to his child. It appears this man has no ability to control his rage,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said, according to First Coast News. “Parents have the right to discipline their children but cannot go overboard, which happened in this case. A more appropriate discipline would have been to restrict access to the iPad or make them do chores around the house to pay for the items they ordered, not beat their child."
Atkerson was booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility and remains in jail on $12,500 bond, First Coast News reported.