Father accused of forcing toddler to kneel on Lego blocks until knees bled
BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn - A 23-year-old father from Brooklyn is accused of torturing his three-year-old son by burning and whipping him before forcing him to kneel on Lego blocks.
WPIX-TV reported the toddler’s grandmother called to report the child abuse at the family’s home over the weekend.
Police said the child had “multiple injuries from his father.” They said he was severely malnourished and was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition at the moment.
23-year-old Leonardo Decouite, the child’s father, was taken into police custody on Saturday and booked on an assault charge.
Investigators say Decouite hit the three-year-old in the face and back with a belt, and he whipped a cord on his stomach and back.
Decouite is also accused of forcing his son to kneel on Lego blocks until he bled, pushed the child under hot water until his feet burned and put out lit cigarettes on the toddler’s legs and stomach, according to the criminal complaint. He also reportedly shot the child in the foot with a BB gun three times.
The complaint goes on to say the child had second-degree burns on his hands and feet and permanent scarring, bruising and swollen cheeks, and marks to the legs and back that appear to be caused by a lighter or a cigarette, circular welts on his stomach and back and limited use of his hand.
Police said Decouite has 14 prior charges including a November arrest for the criminal sale of marijuana.
The toddler’s mother, 20-year-old Kiana Mohansingh, was also booked on an assault charge. She allegedly didn’t seek medical attention for the child’s injuries.
A six-year-old girl was also in the home, but officers said she was uninjured.