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Man held for cruelty to childeren during football match

A man was taken into custody Saturday and charged with cruelty to children after witnesses claimed they saw the man beat his child during a soccer game held at the Lake Laurie Boys and Girls Club, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

According to Cmdr. Brian Childress, the police were called to the Lake Laurie Unit Boys and Girls Club Saturday morning during a soccer game. Upon arriving, Hideki Okasa, a 46-year-old male, was arrested following the account of “multiple witnesses,” said Childress.

“Apparently, the 7-year-old son of Okasa was there, and did not want to play soccer,” according to Childress. “Observed by multiple witnesses, Mr. Okasa went onto the field, escorted his son off the field, and was slapping him in the back of the head while escorting him off the field,” he said. After leaving the soccer field, “several witnesses say he hit his son in the back of the head, knocked him down to the ground and began to kick his son in the stomach and head,” Childress said. “Okasa was placed under arrest and charged with cruelty to children/battery under the Family Violence Act,” he said.

Childress said the child was taken to South Georgia Medical Center, where he was treated and released for minor injuries, and turned over into the custody of his mother, who was not attending the game. The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the case, he said.

In response to the incident Childress said, “We’re absolutely in no way going to tolerate this kind of conduct.”

Cruelty to children is a felony punishable by one year in prison upon conviction, according to Childress.

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  keita24 wrote @

sounds his name is japanese. that’s shaming for me, japanese.

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