MARKHAM, Ill. (STMW) – A south suburban man who admitted that he routinely beat his 13-year-old son and chained the boy to a dryer at night pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced two months in jail and probation.
Hugo Dominguez, 40, of Glenwood, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of aggravated domestic battery and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 30 months probation, according to court records.
Dominguez, of the 400 block of North Park Drive in Glenwood, was given credit for 37 days served and is completing the other 23 days at the Cook County Jail. An order of protection was also issued against him through Nov. 5, 2014, according to court records.
Police were called to Brookwood Junior High School in Glenwood on Feb. 22, 2011, for a report of possible child abuse, according to court records. Officers found the 13-year-old boy with a large laceration on his left elbow, bruising on a large portion of both arms, lash marks on his lower and middle back, and marks on his lower legs.
The teen said the injuries were caused by his father, Dominguez, and his father’s girlfriend, prosecutors said. Dominguez’ live-in girlfriend, Mary Ramirez, was charged with one count of unlawful restraint.
The teen told investigators he was hit in the hands with a yardstick and ax handle, and that his father stabbed him with a knife. He also said Ramirez hit him with belts, a bamboo scratcher and rulers taped together.
He said he was chained to a dryer most nights as his father and Ramirez slept, then unchained in the morning and put in the garage before school, court records said.
Investigators searched the home and found the knife, bamboo sticks, yard stick and two broken wooden ax handles, as well as a white chain in the laundry room, court records indicate.
Dominguez admitted he cut the boy with a knife, and routinely hit him with the ax handle and yard stick. He also admitted to chaining the boy to the dryer during the week.
Ramirez admitted hitting the teen with a back scratcher and chaining him up on some nights, court records said.
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