A Utah man was arrested after he beat his teen sons with a guitar because they did not get out of bed for church.
The Daily Mail reports Lamatia Tapumanaia Sa was arrested Thursday for assaulting his sons, aged 14 and 17, on June 30. A probable cause statement from the Salt Lake County 3rd District Court said Sa’s 14-year-old son was sleeping in the bed and decided not to get for church when Sa ‘became upset with the boy and picked up a guitar and tried to strike him in the head’. The boy blocked the hit with his hand but Sa struck him with the instrument three more times and broke his arm.
His 17-year-old son woke up to Sa hitting him on the hip and leg with the guitar and told police that his father stopped when the guitar snapped in half.
Salt Lake police reported that Sa confessed to hitting his sons while authorities read his Miranda rights. He was charged with a felony and misdemeanor child abuse and his bail is set at $25,000.
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