NEW: Boynton man, woman arrested in beating of 7-year-old


A man and woman who live in an unincorporated area of Boynton Beach were arrested in the beating of a 7-year-old boy, deputies said.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff deputies arrested Robert Richardson, 42, and Ylenna Asseo, 31, on Jan. 25 after responding to a child abuse call at about 9 a.m. after the boy’s school principal reported that the child had bruises on his left and right legs and was unable to sit at his desk from the pain, according to the arrest report.

A witness told deputies that Richardson hit the boy about 20 times with a “wood cutting board he used to cut meat” after Richardson was awakened at night because the boy was making noise fighting over a Lego set, the report states. Another witness said that Richardson “has a bad temper,” according to the report.

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Richardson told deputies that he “didn’t recall leaving bruises” on the boy, but said he hit the boy with a metal spoon and hit him with the cutting board. As for the bruises, Richardson said “he probably got hurt at school, I don’t know,” the report states.

Deputies then spoke with Asseo, who said that she didn’t know what happened and “had no clue what happened at home,” the report states. She admitted to deputies that she allowed Richardson to discipline the boy in the past, but said she did not know about the bruising on the boy’s legs.

Richardson was arrested on a charge of child abuse, and Asseo on a charge of child neglect. Both were taken to the Palm Beach County Jail and released on Jan. 26, according to jail records.



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