Grandfather charged with beating grandson at boy’s school
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man repeatedly struck his 8-year-old grandson with a belt while visiting the boy’s school.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that police responded to a child abuse complaint Tuesday at Propel Hazelwood charter school after Perry South resident Harold Coates allegedly hit the second-grader. Police took the boy to the hospital.
Part of the beating was captured on video. Pittsburgh police charged 52-year-old Coates with assault and endangering the welfare of children. A message was left with a public defender for Coates listed in court documents.
Police say Coates had been at the school observing his grandson after the school contacted him about the boy’s behavior. Coates was arraigned Wednesday morning and taken to the Alleghany County Jail. Bail has been denied.