Edwin Mercado-Comacho of Tamarac, Florida was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of habitually abusing his girlfriend’s son, according to local news outlets. The alleged abuse reportedly left the 10-year-old child with several scars. Comacho, 29, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on two counts of cruelty toward a child and three counts of child abuse that causes great bodily harm. His bail was set at $125,000, but a judge order he be held in jail until a future court order. It is unclear whether Comacho has hired a criminal defense attorney.
According to reports, Comacho works as a barber in Broward County. Police appear to have arrested him recently on an unspecified misdemeanor charge, though the details of that arrest are unknown. Reports did not identify Comacho’s girlfriend by name, but say Comacho is often left to care for her 10-year-old son. It is unclear whether the girlfriend knew of the abuse.
Detectives first learned of the abuse when a teacher noticed a large bruise on the victim’s face; the contusion reportedly stretched from the boys left ear all the way to his left eye. When the teacher asked where the bruise came from, the boy said he had lost his pet hamster and Comacho hit him in the face as punishment. The child later spoke with police and claimed the abuse occurred often.
Officers took the child to the Nancy J. Cotterman Center for further evaluation and doctors located two scars on his back and a burn scar on his abdomen. The boy said the two back scars were from an incident where Comacho whipped him with a cord. It is unclear how he sustained the burn. The latest abuse occurred on February 3, the boy said, when Comacho allegedly strangled him.
Comacho appeared in court and a county judge related one abuse story. “[The boy] said when he’d take a bath, you’d hold his head under water in the bathtub and would choke and gag him while he was in the tub, and hold his head under water,” the judge said. “This isn’t an isolated incident … The court believes you represent an extreme danger to this young man.” The judge prearranged a guardian ad litem for the victim and ordered Comacho to be fitted with a GPS tracking device should he be released from jail.
In other news, Kathy Jones of West Palm Beach was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly fired a shotgun inside of her home, sources say. Jones, 47, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of firing a weapon while intoxicated and battery on a police officer. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
Reports say the incident began at Jones’s home on the 240 block of North Ware Drive when she and her boyfriend began to argue. Jones reportedly called 911, hung up on the operator, and forced the boyfriend to leave the house. Officer arrived a few moments later to check on the disconnected 911 call and found the boyfriend outside of the home.
The boyfriend knocked on the homes front door and told Jones that the police were on the scene. That is when Jones reportedly fired the gun from within her home. It is unclear where she was aiming, but the bullets did not injure anyone. The officers shouted “Police! Stop shooting,” after hearing the initial gunshot; however, Jones allegedly fired the weapon three more times and one of the projectiles shattered a sliding glass door. According to reports, Jones later exited the home, put her gun down, and allowed the officers to handcuff her.