Couple indicted in abuse of 8-year-old boy in Nashua
NASHUA — A local mother and her boyfriend have been indicted on assault charges against an 8-year-old boy – one of five children who recently were placed into foster care amid allegations of abuse.
A Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury has handed up one indictment against Katlyn Marin, 25, of 14 Oak St., charging her with second-degree assault.
Her boyfriend, Michael Rivera, 30, of 525 Abbot Farm Road, Hudson, was indicted on two counts of second-degree assault.
According to court documents, Marin and Rivera are both accused of striking the 8-year-old boy with a belt between January and April. Rivera is also is accused of “forcing (the child) to kneel for 15 minutes to one hour, causing bruising to his legs and knees,” states the indictment on file at Hillsborough County Superior Court South.
Police began investigating after the Division of Children, Youth and Families was contacted by a local guidance counselor at the child’s school, who noticed bruising on the boy’s forearms, left ear, stomach, chest and back.
The guidance counselor told investigators the boy often came to school with bruises. The child told school officials that “he is not allowed to talk about things that happen at home,” according to an affidavit filed by police Officer Nicole Brooks.
His 6-year-old brother was also questioned, at which time he began crying, placed his hands over his ears and repeatedly said that he is not allowed to talk to police.
When Brooks confronted Marin about her children’s welfare at the family residence, police observed bruising on three other children, ages 4, 3, and 9 months old.
The couple had excuses for many of the bruises, saying the majority of the injuries were suffered when the children play rough with each other, according to court documents on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.
An area doctor, however, classified the oldest boy’s bruises as suspicious and not caused by siblings, the affidavit says.
Police previously issued an ex parte request and Judge Michael Ryan placed all five of the children into an emergency foster family earlier this year.
According to court records, Marin is the father of at least one of the five children.
Two of the children told a DCYF caseworker that Marin and Rivera allegedly strike their 8-year-old brother with a belt almost daily, adding they are only allowed to eat once a day when they are at home, the court documents state.
The 6-year-old boy told the caseworker that he is frequently hit with a belt, and once he was punished for hiding a cheese stick under the couch because he was starving, according to the affidavit.
Marin and Rivera have denied the accusations, telling authorities that the children are hostile with each other. Marin described her 8-year-old son as “extremely aggressive and dangerous,” adding she placed an alarm on his door to alert her when he leaves since he previously hurt his siblings, according to court records.