TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY

TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for child abuse Wednesday after a school principal noticed the man’s son had been injured. According to a Sheriff’s report, the principal at Condor Elementary was talking with the boy at school when the boy told him his jaw hurt because his father grabbed his face and twisted it, as well as slapped him in the eye. The principal reported it to the Sheriff’s Department, who determined that the boy’s babysitter had told his father, Michael Rodgers, 27, that the boy did not want to do his homework. When Rodgers and his son got home, Rodgers told him to get a belt, and when the boy resisted, Rodgers squeezed his face by the jaw, which caused the boy’s teeth to cut the inside of his cheek, and then he started tearing the boy’s clothes off. Michael Rodgers was arrested about 5 p.m. yesterday for investigation of child cruelty, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

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2 comments to TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY

  • Nathaniel

    This is a one sided report as anyone can clearly see. As a personal friend of the Rodgers family I would like to say what I have seen with my own eyes. I have seen Michael Rodgers come to my house and pick up his kids for one year now and the responses from his children have been the same every day. The run and throw themselves all over their dad and he tickles them and asks them about their day. Then most the time at my house he sits down and helps his kids with their homework that they didn’t finish by the time he had gotten to my house. I do not believe it is possible to rip clothes off a child and leave no markings on him. I believe this story has gotten blown way out of proportion and what is posted here makes a devoted dad sound like a monster. I will be praying hard for the Rodgers family that they may recover from this incident. God bless you!
    -Nate

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