A Pasco man is in jail on $5,000 bail for allegedly hitting his 10-year-old stepson on the back with a hammer.
Sofronio Lazo Alavez, 34, pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to one count of third-degree assault of a child. His trial is scheduled Jan. 21.
A Pasco elementary school principal and nurse called police on Nov. 17 to report the student had a faded yellow-green bruise.
Officer Dean Perry learned that the boy was helping his stepfather, Lazo Alavez, install a door at their home when the boy accidentally dropped the door, which hit Lazo Alavez and caused him to become enraged, court documents said.
Lazo Alavez responded by grabbing a hammer and striking the boy on the lower back near the spinal column, documents said.
The boy was in pain but was not seriously injured. However, the location of the hit had a high probability of causing a severe injury, Detective Tony Aceves wrote in court documents.
The boy is “terrified of his stepfather who regularly hits him on the head with a closed fist,” Aceves wrote.
The boy’s mother said she had not seen the assault, but that her son had told her about it and shown her the bruise, court documents said.
She told police she is aware Lazo Alavez hits her son and does it with too much force, and said the couple frequently argue about how he disciplines the boy because she believes it goes too far, documents said.
The mother said that “Sofronio’s heavy hand and hatred” are because the boy is not his son, Aceves wrote.
She also alleged the arguments sometimes end in her husband hitting her, and requested a no-contact order for her and the boy.
In addition to bail on the criminal case, Lazo Alavez also has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.