West Palm Beach-area man accused of bruising son's face with broomstick

Charged with child abuse

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A suburban West Palm Beach man was arrested Monday after his 5-year-old son told authorities that his father had struck him with a broomstick.

Jason Javon Marin, 26, was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday after posting a $6,000 surety bond. He is facing charges of aggravated child abuse, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana and keeping a structure for drug activity.

Authorities began investigating the case of the boy after he showed up at school with a large black-and-blue bruise underneath his right eye Monday. A Florida Department of Children and Families investigator and a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy were dispatched to the boy's school.

The boy told them he had received the bruise when his father hit him with the broom because he had not cleaned his room, according to the arrest report.

Asked if the strike was an accident, the boy, whose name is withheld in the report, said, "No," the deputy said.

No other bruises were found on the boy, the deputy said. The boy's brother also shared the same account.

The deputy confronted Marin the same day. Marin allegedly told the deputy he struck his son with the broom stick on purpose.

"Jason stated that he has anger issues and needs help," the deputy said. "He didn't mean to push the top of the broom into his son's eye so hard."

The deputy said he spotted what looked like marijuana "loose all over the table" and a "paraphernalia pipe" that had "burnt residue." An on-scene test was performed, which revealed that the substance was marijuana.

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