Former Imperial Valley water official charged with child abuse
A former Imperial Valley water agency official, seen on a video whipping his 10-year-old stepson with a belt, has been charged with two felony counts of child abuse.
Imperial County Dist. Atty. Gilbert Otero said Friday that Anthony Sanchez had been charged with inflicting "cruel" injury on a child and putting a child in a position to be injured. Arraignment is set for July 10.
A neighbor posted a video online of Sanchez hitting his stepson. Amid community anger, Sanchez, 34, resigned from the Imperial Irrigation District's governing board.
The June 6 incident occurred in the backyard of the Sanchez home after the boy dropped a ball while playing catch.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego