A 9-year-old Pierce County boy told social workers last month he wasn’t allowed to attend school “because he told somebody he gets beat at home,” officials said.
The boy, who weighed just 45 pounds, showed signs of abuse such as a bruised face and broken clavicle.
He told social workers his mother and grandparents kept him locked in a basement so he couldn’t sneak food, and they beat him with spatulas, hangers and pieces of wood, officials said.
Prosecutors on Friday charged the boy’s mother, Maria Isler, 31, with second-degree child assault and second-degree criminal mistreatment; his grandfather, Robert Isler, 60, with two counts of second-degree child assault; and his grandmother, Rosa Isler, 58, with one count of second-degree child assault.
The trio pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $100,000 each for Maria and Rosa Isler, and $150,000 for Robert Isler.
Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant Thursday at the family’s home in the 5200 block of 131st Street Court East.
The boy had been removed from the home in June, according to the Sheriff’s Department. At that time, Child Protective Service workers noticed several bruises on his face and obvious signs of malnutrition.
“This is just a long history of continual torture and abuse,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Friday, adding that since the boy was removed from his home he had gained weight and was doing better.
According to charging papers, his mother was so frustrated with the boy’s inability to correctly pronounce the word “girl” that she pinned him down and hit him repeatedly in the face with a piece of wood. Deputies recovered the piece of wood allegedly used, describing it as 1.5 inches thick, 5 inches wide and nearly 3 feet long.
The boy said his grandfather threw him off the 6-foot-high porch after catching him eating oatmeal. The fall fractured the boy’s clavicle, which the adults did not seek treatment for, according to court papers.
Records say one of the boy’s uncles saw some of the abuse but did not report it.Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653